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The Board of County Commissioners has approved Supervisor Scott’s request to replace Brevard’s aging and outdated election equipment. “Today’s vote ensures that Brevard’s voters will have election equipment certified to the most recent federal and state standards,” said Supervisor Scott.
Brevard County was among the first counties in the state to purchase optical scan equipment (1999). “Brevard’s Commission has a history of being forward thinking with election equipment purchases,” said Supervisor Scott. “The decision of the Board in 1999 to move to optical scan equipment kept Brevard County from being mired in the aftermath of the 2000 Presidential Election. Unfortunately, it also means we have some of the oldest election equipment in the state.”
In addition to the replacement of the current optical scan (paper ballot) equipment, Brevard will be replacing state‐mandated ADA compliant (touch screen) election equipment. “The replacement of our current ADA Touch Screen voting equipment to the AutoMark ballot marking system means that Brevard’s disabled voters will now have the same paper ballot all other voters use.” The Florida Legislature has mandated all ADA election equipment use paper ballots by the year 2020.
Brevard’s voters will cast ballots using the new election equipment during the Municipal and Special District Elections on November 5, 2013.