The Franklin County Commission Tuesday approved a $414,322 bid for new voting machines.
The bid was from Henry M. Adkins and Son, Inc. of Clinton and covered the cost of 57 optical scanners, 57 touch-screen voting machines, software and services.
County Clerk Debbie Door said the new machines were needed because the current ones, which date back to around 2004, are becoming outdated.
Door said the new machines were also needed to ensure that the county continues to stay in compliance with changes to election laws.
The new machines will not change the manner in which people vote.
They should be in use for the next election, which is in April.
The money for the new equipment will come from Door’s Help America Vote Act fund, election services fund, contractual services and possibly state and federal funds.
Cities pay the county 5 percent of the cost of an election, and that money goes to the election services fund. Cities also pay the county a fee for using the election equipment, and that money goes to the HAVA fund.