Elkhart County Council eyeing voting equipment upgrade

Vote Pin, Photo Date: January 19, 2016 / Photo: U.S. Army / (MGN)
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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Elkhart County could soon see a major voting equipment overhaul following a vote by the Elkhart County Council.

Council members voted unanimously Saturday on a proposed $1.8 million upgrade to the county's voting equipment. The goal is to get a jump-start on upcoming state rules requiring Indiana counties to provide a paper trail for their voters, according to our reporting partners at The Goshen News.

Officials say that by 2023, the current equipment in the vote centers will no longer be able to be used.

Under the proposed new system, the voting equipment would still have an electronic touch screen; the only difference is the machines will allow a paper ballot to be printed.