The Fayette County Board of Elections discussed an ongoing issue with two new voting machines during their March 2 meeting.
Two DS200 voting machines have been on the agenda in previous board meetings as needing to be called in for repair.
“The agenda at that time that the two new ones we purchased in August as back-ups, they were never used, because for some reason, we thought it was the battery, the devices kept reverting the date back to December 31, 2012,” said Beth Ann Snyder, Fayette County Board of Elections director.
The repair was called in and a technician came to the board office and installed two new batteries in each of the malfunctioning voting machines. The cost for the battery replacement was covered under warranty, said Snyder.
“The following Monday, we checked the dates on them again and they had held,” said Snyder. But later when the machines were checked again, the date had reverted back to Dec. 31, 2012.
A technician picked up the two malfunctioning machines last week and Snyder said they will have two new replacement machines sent to the office soon.
“All of our audits that come off of those machines need to have the correct dates to prove what happened on those machines,” said Snyder.
The board discussed that the two malfunctioning voting machines had never been used in the election and had been purchased as back-up machines.
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