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Most WV Counties Use Only Electronic Voting Machines

Reported: May. 14, 2014 10:13 PM EDT
Updated: May. 14, 2014 11:09 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- When it comes to voting, everyone has a preference on how they cast a ballot.

Some love the electronic voting machines, but others prefer writing down their selections on paper. Cabell County, like the majority of West Virginia counties, uses only electronic voting machines.

They've used electronic voting machines since the 2000 general election, and County Clerk Karen Cole said they have used the same machines for more than a decade.

Putnam and Kanawha counties use optical scan paper ballots, which are tallied through an electronic scanner.

The price of printing those ballots can add up, especially in a primary, which typically has much lower turnout. You still have to have ballots for every registered voter, and then some.

"When you have a low turnout, you're destroying the majority of that expense," Cole said.

Braxton County is the only county in the state that only has paper ballots, which are hand-counted each election.



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