Raleigh, N.C. — A bill filed by Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham, and Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, could force roughly 25 counties to do away with their voting machines.
House Bill 607 would require that all ballots cast in North Carolina be paper ballots.
That would not change voting procedures in Wake County, where voters fill out bubble-sheet ballots with pen on paper. But counties like Guilford and Cumberland use touch-screen devices that record votes electronically. Those touch-screen machines would be outlawed by the bill.
"Paper ballots give an accurate record of the vote," Jones said Monday night as he left the House chamber. "There were some concerns during the last election."
Those concerns included voting machines that appeared to record someone other than the candidate a voter had selected. Election officials said that those cases were problems with voting machine "calibration," the process by which the touch-screen is linked to the rest of the software.
Jones said that counties would not have to do away with their touch-screen machines. He said they could be retrofitted to print a full ballot rather than a paper receipt similar to an ATM slip, as they do now.