Elk County purchases new voting machines

Staff Writer

With just three months left to go before the general election in November, Elk County has purchased two new voting machines.
After a lawsuit by Green Party Candidate Jill Stein in the wake of the 2016 election, Pennsylvania committed, in federal court, to updating all its voting machines by 2020. Under a mandate from Governor Tom Wolf and the State Legislature, Elk County ordered the machines as soon as an approved model was accepted by the Commonwealth. 
Director of Elections Kimberley Frey is quite happy with the new machines and is making plans for the training of her election workers in the coming months. 
Unlike many other locations in Pennsylvania, Elk County planned ahead and set aside the over $500,000 needed to purchase the equipment in the 2019 budget.
While many cities and counties are struggling to afford the new machines mandated by Governor Wolf, the ones for Elk County will be delivered on August 26.