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Electronic voting machines could get reprieve in House bill

June 20, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina counties that still use touchscreen-only voting systems could get a reprieve from a state law that would scrap those machines before the 2020 elections.

The House voted unanimously on Wednesday for legislation that would enable the State Board of Elections to extend use of those machines by one year, or until after the presidential election.

Current law says direct-record electronic voting systems that don’t use paper ballots — now used by one-third of the voting population — are decertified this December.

Supporters of eliminating the machines cite security concerns about hackers. Others say there isn’t enough time to get new machines in place for next year.

The bill says the state board could grant an extension to a county that shows the electronic system won’t jeopardize election security.

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