Delaware County Council at its Oct. 23, 2019, meeting, voted unanimously to spend $6 million to purchase Hart Verity 2.3.4 voting machines. LWV supported this choice.
The Hart Verity machine meets Pennsylvania certification standards because it allows:
- hand-marked, paper ballots that are readable by voters with no bar codes.
- ballots that can be read and counted by an optical scanner and recounted by hand as needed.
- accessibility for handicapped individuals to use a touch screen machine that provides a printed ballot that confirms their choices without a bar code and is read by an optical scanner.
- the ability to continue voting in a power outage with a secure box into which voters can manually slide their ballots.
- maximum security to protect our votes from hacking or other tampering.
- simple mechanisms to open and close the machines as well as operate machine that will encourage people to work at the polls.
The Delaware County League of Women Voters has submitted its plans for training poll workers and voters to use the new machines and will meet with the newly elected Delaware County Council to discuss these plans. The League is currently recruiting members willing to learn how to use the new machines and train others. Contact Olivia Thorne, President, LWV Delaware County at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up as a trainer or for more information.
"Out With the Old In With the New" article in the Swarthmorean gives additional information about the pros and cons of different voting machines.