CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County will debut $370,000 in new voting machines in Tuesday's general election, which includes races for governor as well as the Pennsylvania and U.S. House of Representatives.
The voting machines, which convert paper ballots into computerized forms, were purchased to bring the county into compliance with the Help America Vote Act. Originally purchased for May's primary election, the county was notified by the supplier that they would be using substitute machines in the spring.
"We were supposed to have it in place for the primary, but the company couldn't manufacture them fast enough," Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said.
The new AutoMARK machines were purchased for people with disabilities but can be requested by anybody voting in the county's 74 precincts. The 72 polling places for those precincts, like all polls in Pennsylvania, will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.