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Ballot Changes

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

North Carolina lawmakers may soon change the way most voters cast their ballots. They are looking at requiring the use of only paper ballots in elections. The change could cost local election boards thousands of dollars. The final tally could top $800,000 or 2% of Transylvania County's annual budget.


Citing some concerns in last year's election, State Rep. Bert Jones introduced the bill to outlaw electronic voting machines. Jones says paper ballots give a more accurate record of the vote. But Transylvania elections officials say their electronic machines are every bit as accurate as paper.


Some voters say the change isn't worth the price.


This is just a legislative study at this point and lawmakers likely won't take any action on it until next year. The legislature is also studying whether the governor and lieutenant governor should run together on the same ticket. That would require an amendment to the state constitution.

Ballot Changes


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