Miss. counties removing voting printers

CANTON — A growing number of counties are removing the outside printers from touch screen voting machines because of problems that delay voting.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Madison County is now seeking to join 15 other counties that have received permission from the U.S. Department of Justice to detach the plastic modules. The printers are not used by election officials when counting votes but are included as a back-up record of votes cast.

Madison County Election Commissioner Kakey Chaney says paper jams, which occur frequently, lead to machines temporarily being out of commission while poll workers fix them or call in outside technical support.

Chaney says removing the printers will reduce the amount of time needed to set up and close voting precincts on election day.

The Associated Press