New Voting Machines in SC Possibly by 2017

SC's voting machines have been in use since 2004.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina voters could be using new voting machines by 2017.

The Voting System Research Committee met at the state house Tuesday to talk about the issue.

The Director of the South Carolina State Elections Commission, Marci Andino, says it could cost around $40 million to replace all the machines in the state. That’s about $3,000.00 per machine.

The current equipment was purchased between 2002 and 2008, according to Katy Hubler of the Elections National Conference of State Legislatures.

Andino says the machines we have now are not to blame for voting errors during elections, but South Carolina’s next voting system must be, “accurate, secure, and accessible to all voters.”

“Have we experienced any issues during these elections? Yes,” Andino said. “Were the issues caused by the voting system not functioning properly? No.”

Andino said the voting system has always performed correctly, and the issues South Carolina has faced should be blamed on human error.

The committee also discussed the importance of keeping future voting machines off of the internet, so they can’t be tampered with.

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