Hearing set to consider NC voting machines

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A man feeds a ballot card into a digital voting machine during a demonstration in Raleigh, N.C. The state elections board declined Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 to decide whether the next generation of voting machines should be required to furnish a paper printout so voters can read and confirm their ballots. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Elections officials are deciding which voting machines are cleared to use in North Carolina, and whether they must count ballots that can be checked by human eyes.

The State Board of Elections meets Friday to decide whether the only company now selling voting machines in the state can keep doing so.

Election security advocates raised concerns about the equipment marketed by Omaha, Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software because while it prints a paper ballot for voters to check, what tabulating machines actually read are undecipherable bar codes.

After hackers tried to access U.S. election systems in 2016, a study by national science and engineering experts urged “human-readable paper ballots.”

North Carolina has been working for about two years on which voting machines to allow for use over the next decade or longer.

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