New voting machines approved by Craighead County Quorum Court

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Quick and decisive actions by the Craighead County Quorum Court means the county will be at the top of the list for state and federal funding for new voting machines.

According to Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday, the current machines are 15-years-old but only have a life expectancy of ten years.

Holiday added the current maintenance contracts were costing the county money, but the new machines will have new contracts, and the state will pick up the maintenance costs.

"The way the money works is it's a 50-50 match," Holliday said. "It's actually a little bit more than 50 percent because we're actually going to get some additional machinery to do the vote centers."

The new machines will allow the county to set up voting centers, similar to how early voting takes place.

Voters will not be restricted to a specific geographic location when they head to the polls but will be able to vote in any of the county locations.

The new machines will also provide paper back-ups to voters.

"You will have a paper ballot in your hand that you can check and make sure every selection you've made is what you want," Election Coordinator Jennifer Clack said.

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