Changes Coming to the Way We Vote

LIBERTY, September 21, 2016 – Information at a County Commissioners Workshop held at the Jack Hartel Building on Tuesday evening indicates that changes are coming to the way we vote in Liberty County as well as State wide.

There are two issues being considered. One is voting centers and the other is new electronic voting machines.

If we consolidate some of our voting precincts having fewer places to vote on election day paper ballots will no longer be practical as ballots for each precinct would have to be available in each voting center, much like the way we vote in early voting.

Also if we choose to consolidate into voting centers without paper ballots, then we will also need new electronic voting machines.

The days of the paper ballot are numbered. Also the cost of new voting machines can be as much a one million dollars to the county. There are no Federal or state funds to replace our voting machines that are now about fifteen years old.

Without paper ballots that many people in Liberty County now use, there will have to be more electronic voting machines in each precinct to accommodate voters.

It is thought that all of these changes will come about in the next two years.

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