Charlottesville Council Approves Voting Machines Purchase

Posted: Updated: Sep 15, 2008 10:11 PM EDT

Charlottesville City Council on Monday approved a plan that will allow its voter registrar to buy nine new voting machines. 

Around 26,000 people have registered to vote in the city, and registrar Sheri Iachetta says an expected record turnout in November means the city will need more machines.

Ichetta is expected to purchase nine optical scan machines that require a paper ballot. A state law passed in 2006 requires newly purchased electronic voting machines to have a permanent paper trail.

Iachetta says her office will phase in the new machines over time. The total price tag on the optical machines is $48,000, which will come from City Council's Reserve Fund.

Reported by Henry Graff
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