Thursday, January 20, 2005

Jan 21st "§ 163-165.8. Voting systems: powers and duties of board of county commissioners.

My opinion - this leaves door open for counties to return to hand counted paper ballots if they are not already using them. I hope so.

G.S. 163-165.8 reads as rewritten:

"§ 163-165.8. Voting systems: powers and duties of board of county commissioners.

The board of county commissioners, with the approval of the county board of elections, may adopt and purchase or lease only a voting system of a type, make, and model approved certified by the State Board of Elections for use in some or all voting places in the county at some or all elections.

The board of county commissioners may decline to adopt and purchase or lease any voting system recommended by the county board of elections but may not adopt and purchase or lease any voting system that has not been approved by the county board of elections.

Article 8 of Chapter 143 does not apply to county of boards of commissioners purchasing voting systems certified by the State Board of Elections."

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