Coalition Urges Speedup for New Delaware Voting Machines

Aug 11, 2017

Credit Don Rush

A group of civic organizations is urging a Delaware state taskforce to speed up its decision on which new voting machines will be used in the future.

The coalition including the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state legislature has provided $15 to $20 million in funding for the new equipment in next year’s budget.

The First State began using voting machines in the mid- 1990’s and are among the oldest in the country.

Delaware is only one of five states that have machines which do not provide a paper ballot backup.

The paper reports that the some 16-hundred have now outlived their lifespan with a mounting potential problems.

State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove said it had been hoped to install new machines by next year’s mid-term elections.

But she says it is more likely that they will not be in use until 2020.