SUMMIT, NJ - The Union County Board of Elections has scheduled five local opportunities for Hilltop City voters to check out the new voting machines that will be used in Summit beginning with the November 5 general election.
Along with Summit, The ExpressVote XL machines will debut for the first time in the following municipalities: Clark, Cranford, Hillside, Linden, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, and Springfield. Voters in Berkeley Heights, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Kenilworth, Mountainside, Union, Westfield and Winfield completed the transition to the new vote tabulation system during the course of the last two elections.
The Summit demonstration events are part of the Election Board's outreach campaign designed to familiarize voters and poll workers on the new machine before Election Day.
Public demonstrations will take place on the following dates and in Summit:
July 16, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. -- 'Summit Community Night' on the Village Green
August 6, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. -- 'Summit's National Night Out' on the Village Green
October 2, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. -- Summit Common Council Meeting at City Hall
October 22, from 3 - 7 p.m. -- Chestnut Street Housing Complex, located at 12 Chestnut Street
October 29, from 3 - 7 p.m. -- Summit Free Public Library, located at 75 Maple Street
In October 2018, the County of Union awarded a contract to Election Systems & Software, LLC (ES&S) of Omaha, NE, to provide a new voting tabulation system for the County. The new voting machine, ExpressVote XL, combines 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 voter verified audit trail also provides a paper record of the election which 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.
“For the first time in twenty years, the County has taken steps to make a significant investment in its election infrastructure," said Nicole DiRado, Administrator at the Union County Board of Elections. "Voters who are already using the new machines have embraced the change. They appreciate the ease of the touch screen as well as the benefit of knowing their vote is properly recorded, provided by the voter verified paper audit trail.”
For information on voting or elections in Summit, call the Office of the City Clerk at 908-273-6400. For additional information on the Union County Board of Elections, the new ExpressVote XL machines, or to register to vote, visit unioncountyvotes.com or call 908-527-4123.