St. Lucie County to buy 150 new voting machines

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - 80-year-old Kenneth Williams remembers November 2012, when election night hiccups put St. Lucie County in the middle of another unwanted election controversy.

"The voter expects his vote to be counted and to be correct,” said Williams.

The race between then US Congressman Allen West and challenger Patrick Murphy triggered several recounts.

Williams said, "It was kind of comical, it was a toss-up, No one knew who was going to win in the end."

During a Tuesday county commission meeting, the board approved more than a million dollars from the general fund to purchase about 150 new voting machines.

"The new system has redundant memory, using the latest technology and that's a very important thing for us because memory card failure was a serious flaw to the system,” said Gertrude Walker, St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections.

Walker said the new equipment will be more efficient and if there is unexpected trouble, there are now four machines to recount ballots.

Walker said it’s welcomed technology.

"St. Lucie County will be one of the first counties in the state of Florida to have this system,” said Walker.

Which would be a big relief to voters like Williams.

Williams said, "Anytime there's a shadow of a doubt there, it better be looked into."

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