Wood County seeks grant for new voting machines

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) One and a half million dollars-what Wood County will have to pay for new voting machines.

The county clerk's office is considering grant money to help pay for the new equipment, but the county likely will have to provide matching funds.

In the meantime, it's also looking into consolidating precincts whose voters cast ballots at the same location; something that would happen when the new machines arrive.

"Super precincts," as County Clerk Mark Rhodes called them; "(that) means we'll have to count a lot more ballots. But with this system, there's no cancellations. Because it only puts your final choices down, so it will be easier to do the canvass."

Wood County has up to two months to apply for the grants.

How much of the grand money the county will have to match, depends on how many other West Virginia counties apply as well.