Voters in San Joaquin County may have a new voting system in place by the presidential primary in March.
San Joaquin County has been using the Legacy Voting system for the last 16 years, but it no longer meets the state’s standards for elections.
County supervisors are being asked to approve a three-year, $2.5 million contract with the Hart Verity System instead.
Registrar of Voters Melinda Dubroff says the system is faster, more secure and more accurate.
“We’ll be able to get more ballots counted sooner on election night because of the high-speed scanning,” she said. “Currently, we’re scanning our paper ballots one-by-one.”
She says several other counties have gone to the Hart Verity System including Yolo, Stanislaus and Calaveras Counties.
Dubroff says voters won’t see a big change in their voting ballot except that instead of filling in a bubble next to the candidate’s name, a larger rectangle will appear making it easier to fill.
“It’s actually a bigger, easier target. So, the ballot is going to look a little different but it will be intuitive,” she said.
Dubroff says if approved the system could be in place for the March primary.