ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Elections recently announced the all new ExpressVote XL Voting Machines will be fully implemented in the 2019 General Election. These machines will be debuting for the first time in Clark as well as Cranford, Hillside, Linden, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield and Summit.
Voters in other Union County towns used these during the last two elections. Voters in Berkeley Heights, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Kenilworth, Mountainside, Union, Westfield and Winfield completed the transition to the new vote tabulation system during the last two elections according to the UC Board of Elections.
“For the first time in twenty years, the County has taken steps to make a significant investment in its election infrastructure. Voters who are already using the new machines have embraced the change,” explained Nicole DiRado, Administrator at the Union County Board of Elections.
According to officials, the new voting machine, marries a touch screen ballot marking device with a voter verified paper audit trail, allowing the voter to review their voting choices to ensure their vote is accurately recorded. The paper records this machine provides can be used for recounts and will be used for audits.
The initial award was for $1.9 million, and the total award will be $4.85 million, which includes new voting machines for the entire county, vote by mail, provisional ballot and audit trail tabulators, software, hardware and software maintenance and training.
The Election Board continues a proactive outreach campaign to train voters and poll workers on the new machine before Election Day.
The Election Board will be conducting weekly demonstrations at two locations starting immediately and continuing through the weekend before the General Election at the following locations, excluding holiday closures:
Colleen Fraser Building
300 North Avenue East, Westfield
Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm
Union County Courthouse
2 Broad Street, 1st Floor, Elizabeth
Tuesdays, 11:00am – 3:00pm
The Election Board is also confirmed to present public demonstrations at the following community events:
- July 10 – Union County Summer Arts Festival, Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
- July 24 – Union County Summer Arts Festival, Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
- July 31 – Union County Concerts in the Park, Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
- August 6 – Union County’s National Night Out, Meisel Park, Springfield: 6:00 pm
- August 7 – Union County Summer Arts Festival, Oak Ridge Park, Clark
- August 14 – Union County Summer Arts Festival, Oak Ridge Park, Clark
- August 15 - Linden Community Center, 1025 John Street: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
- August 21 – Union County Summer Arts Festival, Oak Ridge Park, Clark
- August 28 – Union County Summer Arts Festival, Oak Ridge Park, Clark
- September 11 – Cranford Town Hall, 8 Springfield Avenue: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
- September 24 - Clark Municipal Building, 430 Westfield Avenue: 11:00am -3:00pm
- October 25 - Union County Mounted Troop Horse Show – Watchung Stables: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
- October 26 – Union County Mounted Troop Horse Show – Watchung Stables: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
- November 1- Union County Pumpkin Sail – Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
The schedule will be updated on the Elections Board website at ucnj.org/ucboe as events are added.
The public is welcome to contact the Union County Election Board to schedule a demonstration for community groups by calling 908-527-4123 or emailing email@example.com.