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New voting equipment is required to give the voter a "second chance" meaning that if there is a possible mistake on the ballot, they must be notified about it before leaving the polling place...

The voting system must permit the voter to verify privately and independently the votes selected before casting a ballot and must permit the voter privately and independently to change or correct a ballot before it is cast, including receiving a replacement ballot.


The section Balloting Errors continues

Note that the requirement that a voting system permit the voter to verify the votes selected before casting a ballot may not be defined in a manner that makes it impossible for a paper ballot voting system to meet the new requirements of HAVA


the voter can correct the ballot, or change votes before casting the ballot

New voting machines ready to review
By Michael Cope
Daily Courier Staff Writer
Saturday, April 1, 2006

Voters have more than a month before the May 16 primary election to become acclimated with Fayette County's new electronic voting system, according to a county official.

Angela Zimmerlink, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors, said the public can check out the system on the county's Web site,

"Fayette County will implement a voter education program in the upcoming weeks," she said, "and in the meantime, I linked two 'How To Vote' videos using the eSlate voting system for the voters of Fayette County."

There also is a printable version of the instructions on the site accompanied by pictures...

Although originally designed for voters with disabilities, the portable eSlate system will be implemented by Fayette County for all voters. The device includes a set of control buttons and a wheel-style knob used to control directives on a monitor.

Each voter will receive a four-digit access code at the time of voting, which will be entered into the eSlate device. Ballot choices will then appear on the monitor, and the voter will highlight choices by turning the knob and pressing the "enter" button.

Once choices are entered, a "ballot summary page" will appear. At this point, voters may either change choices previously entered or press the "cast ballot" button to end the process.

County officials are expected to buy 278 voting machines at a cost of $2,500 each along with 105 judge booth controllers for use at the 105 precincts. The equipment has a life expectancy of 25 to 27 years and does not require special storage conditions, said Molly Terry, a regional sales manager for Hart.

Officials expect the $1.1 million in federal grants the county received to cover much the expense...





State wants to again pull levers
Meeting with Justice Department to seek use of old voting machines.
By Hal Marcovitz
Of The Morning Call

The lever machines also do not meet HAVA regulations because they do not provide voters with a signal indicating they missed casting ballots in all races that appear on the ballot.

Under HAVA, which was adopted by Congress in 2002, counties have until this year's primary to switch to machines that comply with the law. In Pennsylvania, the process has been slowed because it took the state Elections Bureau longer than expected to certify electronic machines as HAVA-compliant.

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