Election Commission Discusses Voting Equipment & Tampering

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — The Washington County Election Commission met this morning to discuss legislation that will affect the upcoming election.

A major change for the commission will be the state supreme court’s ruling on voter ID requirements.

Washington County Election Coordinator Jennifer Price said that voters will need their ID to vote regularly, but could vote without it, too.

“So if you come into the polling place and you’re told that they can’t find that you’re registered to vote, you failed to bring an ID, we have what’s called a provisional ballot,” Price said. “It lets you cast your ballot on election day and the election commission will review it after the fact.”

The commission went over proper check-in procedures as well as ballot options for those who don’t have photo IDs.

Another topic of discussion for the commission was ballots and how they’ll be changing for some of the counties involved.

Many of the counties who attended the commission meeting will be receiving new voting machines, which means new types of ballots.

Price said that with the new machines, voters will have the opportunity to double-check their votes before submitting a paper ballot, even when they vote electronically.

“And then it actually prints out a paper ballot with your choices on that, that you can review and, if you need to change your mind, you just see an election official and you can revote,” Price said.

Washington County had the machines in 2016, but most of the counties who attended the commission will be receiving them just in time for the primaries.

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