County could get new voting equipment

March 26, 2003

Carroll County could be using an electronic voting system that could cost the county as much as $1.6 million for its next election.

Patricia K. Matsko, county elections director, said in a meeting with the commissioners yesterday that Carroll is one of 17 Maryland counties slated for the new Direct Recording Electronic Voting System by this time next year.

The state will purchase and maintain ownership of the equipment, while jurisdictions will share equally in the cost.

The estimate includes costs to implement the system, technical support, maintenance, training and voter education.

The state expects to receive about $5 million in federal money to get the system ready for the presidential election next year, money that it expects to share with the counties.

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