(05/09/2006)
Gilmer and Clay County are among six counties that have decided not to use new touch-screen electronic voting machines in today's primary.

Calhoun was among the first counties to get the software installed, according to County Clerk Richard Kirby, who said it was a persevering job.

The decision was made either because machines didn't work or county officials couldn't get the software fixed in time to do required testing.

The decision puts those counties in violation of a federal election law, which says each precinct must have at least one machine that allows people with handicaps to vote without assistance.

Clay, Gilmer, Putnam, McDowell and Webster counties will use only optical scan ballot systems.

They had planned to use one iVotronic machine in each precinct, which would have complied with federal law.


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