County preps for election with old voting machines

Updated: Apr. 2, 2018 at 4:51 PM CDT
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Election Coordinator Greta Greeno (Source: KAIT-TV)
Election Coordinator Greta Greeno (Source: KAIT-TV)

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The May Primary election is fast approaching, and counties across Region 8 are making sure they are ready for the May 22 vote.

While some will have new voting machines, not everyone will.

Poinsett County is one of several counties that did not receive the new voting machines.

Election Coordinator Greta Greeno said funding was not available to cover their half of the cost.

The problem with the old machines is their software and parts are outdated.

So, fixing a broken machine is next to impossible now.

But, Greeno said they do have backups just in case some of their old machines fail.

"We always have backup media in the case that fails and we also have extra machines," Greeno said. "We have multiple machines that we test aside from the ones that we are planning on taking to the polling locations."

Greeno said they purchased their existing machines in 2006.

Because their life expectancy is around ten years, they're hoping the machines last until they can come up with funding to purchase new ones.

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