In reversal, NC board could certify voting vendors this week

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elections board says it may certify suppliers of new voting machines this week, after all.

The board announced it will meet Thursday to consider certifying the systems. The meeting agenda also shows they are likely to rescind a plan approved this week to change certification requirements.

The announcement Tuesday morning comes after the board voted the previous night to delay certification until later in August. The delay would have been needed so that they could consider a proposal to require that voting machines produce “human-readable marks on a paper ballot.”

About a third of North Carolina uses touch-screen voting machines that were set to be decertified by the end of the year.

Three private companies are vying for certification to sell new machines to county elections boards.

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