Madison County voters will be checking the boxes on a new set of voting machines in the upcoming general election, after county commissioners gave their approval for the system last month.
Elections Administrator Earl Parker said the system will be similar to the old voting systems, but has some added advantages.
It will be a touch screen system, instead of the dials and buttons the system currently uses.
The display will be larger as well, cutting down on voter error, Parker said.
With the current system, tabulating votes relied on technology which is no longer supported by Microsoft, Parker said.
“If something happened to the systems, with a laptop is more than 11 years old, we can’t take the votes off the machine,” he said.
Then HART system will make sure voting in Madison County will be viable for the foreseeable future.
“We’ll have the same number of voting machines that we have now,” Parker said.
He also said the new system will save the county money as Elections staff and volunteers can be taught to fix the machines.
One caveat about the new system, Parker said, is that it has not been certified by either the federal or state election commissions.
He said the purchase authorized by the county states the county will not purchase the system without certification.
Parker said HART has said it was confident that the new system will be certified by the end of August, and the new machines will be delivered shortly thereafter — in time for the November general election.