Residents interested in attending a demonstration of Clark County’s new voting machines are asked to register with the Election Department by Oct. 3.
Those registered residents will be assigned a specific time during regular work hours on Oct. 10 to attend a demonstration of the new voting machines. The pre-registration is necessary due to the limited number of machines being used for the demonstration, and space considerations.
To register, email Christina Fuentes at Christina.Fuentes@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Additional demonstrations of the new voting machines will be scheduled depending upon public demand.
The new voting machines look and operate similarly to the voting machines used in previous elections. Some notable differences include a larger display screen and larger type on the backup paper printout.
The older machines were originally purchased in 2006 and have been used in 27 elections since then. Replacement parts for the older machines are no longer made, which has made repairs difficult. The new system utilizes commercial off-the-shelf hardware, which will make it easier to make repairs in the future and extend the life of the voting system.
Like the older machines, the new voting machines are standalone systems that are not connected to the internet and have redundant backup systems, including a paper printout. The county purchased 5,000 new voting machines, and will be using them during the 2018 elections.