Greensboro, NC-- Voting technology is going back to the basics.
Governor Pat McCrory signed a voting overhaul package Monday that will change how people in certain counties, including the Triad, vote. Touch screen voting is going away so dozens of counties will have to get rid of their machines and be replaced with paper ballots. The total cost of doing so will be about $11 million.
The Guilford County Board of Elections predicts that it will cost at least $3 million to purchase new machines.
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford found out that voters in Guilford, Davidson, and Guilford Counties will be impacted. They're 3 of the 36 counties in our state that will need new voting machines by 2018.
Charlie Collicutt, the Director of the Board of Elections for Guilford County said, "It's going to take an adjustment period for the voter. It's going to take an adjustment period for our poll workers, for us as a staff, our technicians to adapt to this new system."
Starting in 2018, voters all across the state will be provided a paper ballot that they fill out by hand.
Then, the ballots will be inserted into a machine to be tabulated.
Currently, in Guilford, Alamance, and Davidson counties, voters use electronic touch screens.
Guilford County told News 2 that buying new machines will cost roughly $3 million. Davidson County is looking at around $700,000 and Alamance County doesn't have an estimate yet.
According to Collicutt, there might be some delays with the new system. If you fill something out wrong, you won't learn of the mistake until your ballot is placed in the machine. The current touch screens alert you of problems as your voting.
"The voters will get it eventually. It will be different but they're used to handling paper. They're just going to have to fill it in properly, without mistakes. They're going to have to then carry it on to a poll worker and a machine to tabulate it," added Collicutt.
Guilford County has been using touch screen voting since 1996. The current machines were purchased in 2006. They're waiting to see what technology will be best to purchase by 2018.
WFMY News 2