Public Invited to Provide Feedback on New Voting Machines

Warren, Pennsylvania – With a mandate from Governor Tom Wolf to shift to elections systems with a voter verified paper balloting system by the 2020 primary, Warren County is in the process of reviewing and selecting new elections systems for utilization in the near future. In order to better inform the public and solicit feedback, the Commissioners, through Elections Director, Lisa Rivett, have initiated an “Open House” event where citizens may review, use, and investigate the elections systems prior to selection by the Elections Board.

A hands-on demonstration of the three different machines under consideration by the County as they move toward transition from Direct Recording Electronic machines to machines that provide a voter-verifiable paper record, is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Slater Room of the Warren Public Library. “I want as many of the public there as possible,” said Warren County Director of Elections Lisa Rivett. The event is designed to give everyone involved in the county’s election process, from election officials to voters themselves a chance to try out all three of the machines and provide feedback on them.

The goal, said Rivett, is to “gather public opinion on which machines they prefer and address concerns.” All of this will be used by the Board of Elections to help determine the County’s new machines. “We’re going to have some way to provide comments,” said Rivett, and everyone in attendance will get to try out each of the three. The three vendors providing machines for consideration are Dominion, ES&S, and Election IQ for Unisyn.

No RSVP is required, and the event is open to the public.

Any questions for the Commissioners Office regarding this news story may be directed to Pam Matve, Chief Clerk, by phone at 814-728-3402 or by email at pmatve@warren-county.net.

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