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State OKs loan for Berkeley Co. voting machines

October 11, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The State Election Commission has approved a loan request by Berkeley County officials for purchasing 155 touch-screen voting machines, County Clerk John W. Small Jr. said Tuesday.

The county's application was reviewed by the commission on Sept. 29 and approved, according to a memo from Jason Williams, Secretary of State Betty Ireland's elections division manager, to Berkeley County Commission President Howard L. Strauss, and copied to Small.

The loan will pay half of the $480,500 bill for Ivotronic voting machines, which already have been ordered, but will not be available in time for the November election, officials have said.

The state has agreed to provide 28 "loaner" Ivotronic machines, which will be placed at the largest precincts in the county. The state's revolving loan program generally requires the county to repay the money within five years.

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