Replacing Guilford County’s voting machines could cost more than $6.5 million

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Guilford County uses touch-screen voting devices but must replace them all by 2018. (JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ/News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Replacing Guilford County’s voting machines to comply with a new state mandate could cost more than $6.5 million, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

“It’s going to be pricey,” Guilford County Elections Director Charlie Collicutt told the Board of Commissioners at its annual retreat Friday in Colfax. “There is no outside funding from the state, or any other body.”

Guilford County residents currently cast their ballots via touch-screen voting machines, which tabulate votes electronically but spit out paper rolls that officials can use to audit election results.

Under the mandate, passed by the N.C. General Assembly in 2013, touch-screen machines are still allowed. But votes have to be counted using paper ballots.

“What’s tabulated has to be on paper,” Collicutt says. “So our machines will be illegal.”

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