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Commissioner Wants a Paper Trail

POSTED: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 6:51pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:05pm

LONGVIEW - One Gregg County Commissioner is concerned about the accuracy of election results, so he's asking for a back-up plan.

Commissioner Darryl Primo along with the chairs of the Gregg County Democratic and Republican parties are asking to add a paper ballot to the current electronic system.

They say this is necessary in case the electronic system is hacked into or compromised in any way.

However, the Gregg County Elections Administrator and County Judge say it's not necessary.

"It'd have to be the perfect storm to ever infiltrate into change the outcome of the vote," Judge Bill Stoudt says.

"There's a lot of evidence that shows that the possibility of fraud in the electronic machines is high," Juneau Embry, the Chair of the Democratic Party, says.

Those in favor of adding the paper ballot say it wouldn't burden the county budget, while the County Judge says it's unnecessary spending.

The budget will be voted on next week.

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