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February 11, 2013

County Clerk applying for grant to purchase new voting machines

PRINCETON — Two or four new voting machines will be in place the next time Mercer County votes to decide a President.

County Clerk Verlin Moye confirmed last week that his office had submitted a grant proposal for monies to obtain new machines. The County Commission is expected to approve the application this morning at 10 a.m.

Moye said that the machines wouldn’t be needed for the interim elections in 2014. In those elections, turnout doesn’t dictate as many machines at each location. Moye added that his office would prefer to acquire four new machines because they are covered by warranty and there’s not that much difference between the machines.

We would like to place one each in Bluewell, Glenwood, and the Princeton Apostolic Church,” Moye said by email last week. “And maybe put the other at the Early Voting location in Bluefield.”

After these machines are in place, Moye expects Mercer County to be covered for a while. Although, he expects the company that makes the machines to introduce a new one soon, Moye says Mercer County will hold out as long as it can with its current machinery.

He added, “We apply for and receive grant money anywhere we can and thankfully we continue to receive a stream of financial assistance through these grants.”

-       Contact Matt Christian at mchristian@ptonline.net.

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