Federal grant helps upgrade West Virginia voting systems


In this June 13, 2019, photo, Steve Marcinkus, an Investigator with the Office of the City Commissioners, demonstrates the ExpressVote XL voting machine at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. An analysis by The Associated Press has found that the vast majority of the nation’s 10,000 election jurisdictions will be managing their elections on Windows 7 or an even older operating system. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — Many voters casting ballots in West Virginia in 2020 will do so on new voting machines.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported the state has used a federal grant to help fund upgrades. Secretary of State Mac Warner made the announcement Wednesday. The state has spent about $13 million on voting machines. More than $11 million went toward touchscreen voting machines.

The state is also preparing to get another round of the grant again. Warner says 64% of voters will cast a 2020 ballot on a new voting machine. That would be an increase from 16% of voters in 2016.

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