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Why the New Voting System
Why was the change necessary?
The eSlate Voting system was purchased in 2006. After fifteen years of use, it was at end of life. Replacement parts and software could not be obtained/supported any longer.
How was it paid for?
The new system was paid for using three means of funding:
1. Election Commission reserve funds
2. Federal grant money
3. 2022 Budget allocation
Why are we going back to paper ballots?
There is no system on the market that meets current federal voting system standards that is fully electronic. Also, using a paper based system allows for a physical paper trail.