Va. Gov. McAuliffe plans $28 million in budget for new voting machines statewide


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VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is planning to include $28 million in his budget for new voting machines across Virginia that would create a paper trail for individual votes.

McAuliffe announced the plan during a Monday appearance in Virginia Beach.

The Virginian-Pilot reports ( ) that the proposal would pay for new machines in more than 2,100 precincts and reimburse about 400 that have already moved to the newer systems.

In addition to the newer technology, officials say uniformity in the machines would avoid confusion and make it easier to find repairmen if needed during elections.

In the November election, nearly 50 localities reported voting equipment issues.

McAuliffe will also include in his budget $30,000 per fiscal year to update the Department of Elections' website to "ensure reliable reporting for future elections."

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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