Manatee to delay buying new voting equipment until after November election

skennedy@bradenton.comApril 9, 2014 

Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett. SARA KENNEDY/Bradenton Herald

MANATEE — A purchase of high-tech digital voting equipment will be delayed until after the November election, an official said Wednesday.

“We were concerned we would not have the equipment in time to train for a major election,” said Mike Bennett, Manatee County supervisor of elections.

Over the past few weeks, discussions have been continuing with an Omaha, Neb., company that manufactures digital high-speed scanners and specialized equipment designed to accommodate the handicapped, but those negotiations have ended for now, he said.

“We can do with what we’ve got,” Bennett said.

The delay in purchasing new equipment would help to “make sure Manatee will have an election I’m comfortable with,” Bennett said.

However, Manatee County residents will be able to vote early at more sites than the single one provided during the last major election, Bennett said.

Bennett said the county plans either four or five early voting sites for those who prefer to vote in advance of Election Day.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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