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Salem registrar says new voting machines will be costly

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You may notice some changes when you head to the polls this November.

The Virginia Board of Elections is recommending all localities move away from touch screen voting machines and toward optical scan machines, which use paper ballots.

Some areas like Montgomery County have already made the switch, but others are holding off.

At $8,000 a piece, the Salem Registrar's Office is asking the city to set aside $225,000 to make the full switch by 2016.

It's money Salem Electoral Board Chairwoman Katherin Elam said won't be easy to get.

"Quite frankly when we are all talking about budgets and keeping them in line, this is certainly going to be astronomical compared to what we've done before," she said.

The conversion is being made so more of a paper trail exists following an election.

Elam said Salem will buy as many optical scan machines they can afford.

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