Brunswick County to Host Regional Public Demonstration of Certified Voting Systems


Bolivia, NC – The State Board of Elections will conduct two public demonstrations of newly certified voting systems in Brunswick County next week.

DATE:    Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

SITE:      Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland

TIMES: 10–11:30 a.m. and 12–2 p.m.

Starting in 2020, all voting systems used in North Carolina must produce a paper ballot, which will serve as the official record of a voter’s selections. Direct Record Electronic (DRE) machines, which are currently used in Brunswick County, will be decertified by statute on December 1, 2019, and may not be used in any election after that date.

Prior to approving the adoption and acquisition of any new voting system by the county commissioners, the County Board of Elections must witness a demonstration of the type of voting system to be recommended, as well as one other type of certified voting system.

“We have not yet made a decision on which voting system will be the best fit for the voters of Brunswick County,” said Sara Knotts, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections. “Following this demonstration, our board will make a recommendation to the county commissioners and proceed with a test of the recommended system during the Nov. 5 municipal election.”

These two demonstration sessions are open to the public. Vendors will present concurrently allowing attendees to rotate to each of the three vendors at given intervals.

Information about the certified voting systems that will be seen at the demonstration can be found on the State Board of Elections website.