Fayette Officials Buy Paper-Ballot Machines
Pickels, Mary, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Fayette County commissioners Wednesday agreed to purchase 113 eScan machines, giving voters a paper-ballot option to the eSlate machines in the April 22 primary election.
The purchase was approved by commissioners Vincent Zapotosky and Vincent Vicites.
Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink abstained, stating that insufficient information had been provided for her to make an informed decision.
With eScan, voters mark their choices on a paper ballot and feed the ballot into the machine, which stores the results on a flash card.
"I think the people of Fayette County have the right to the best system available," Vicites said.
"Turning or frustrating someone away from voting for the next president of the United States is a crime itself," Zapotosky said. "I don't think we rushed into anything. ... To me, it's the right thing to do and I'm proud to say we did pass the resolution."
The county spent $1.22 million two years ago to replace its 30- year-old, lever-voting system with eSlate machines. Voters use a dial to rotate through the choices in each race before pressing a button to select a candidate.
Most of the funding was covered by the federal government through the Help America Vote Act of 2002, intending to fix voting irregularities during the presidential election in November 2000.
But some people found the eSlate system confusing, and long waits resulted at some of Fayette's larger precincts. …