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Hinds Co. Considers Purchasing New Voting Machines

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hinds County is poised to purchase an all-new electronic voting system that some supervisors say will be more efficient and less costly to maintain than the decade-old, touch-screen system now in use.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/XNj45q ) the $1 million investment would be paid for with federal Help America Vote Act dollars. Hinds County has about 200 voting precincts and about 146,000 registered voters.

Of the state's 82 counties, Hinds is the only one using its particular type of voting equipment, Advanced Voting Solutions with WINvote.

Board president Robert Graham says the county is considering switching to an optical scanner system.

The current system was purchased in 2002.

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