ROCKY MOUNT - Citing general wear and age of the touch-screen computerized voting machines used in Franklin County since 2007, according to secretary of the Franklin County Electoral Board Jody Brown.
Brown told Cable 12 Tuesday that the 2007 electronic machines were being phased out by the state, and that localities were not allowed to purchase new machines. Franklin County could opt to keep the 2007 machines in use, but Brown noted that the machines in use had to be recalibrated more often over the years. With no plan in place from the state to purchase newer machines, the risk just wasn't worth it, Brown said.
While the county takes bids from up to five different vendors for next November, voters will use a paper ballot system which will then be scanned by a computer to ensure accuracy this year.
The main issue is educating the public on the use of the paper ballots, which is actually an easier process than it seems on the voter, officials said.
It's reported that neighboring areas are also using the paper scan system this year as well.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors has been setting aside money to purchase newer voting machines for next year, Brown said.
In the meantime, paper will be the way to vote this Election Day in Franklin County.