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Federal Grant Helps Upgrade West Virginia Voting Systems

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U.S. Department of State

Many voters casting ballots in West Virginia in 2020 will do so on new voting machines.

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, that the state has used a $6.5 million federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant to help upgrade voting systems, Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

The state spent about $13 million on the upgrades, including more than $11 million for touchscreen voting systems, Warner said.

The state is also preparing to get a new round of $4 million of HAVA matching grants, and county commissions and county clerks will be able to decide how to use that funding, Warner said.

He added that 64 percent of voters will cast a 2020 ballot on a new voting machine. That would be an increase from 16 percent of voters in 2016.

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