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Voting machine company folds; towns, villages must pay price

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Pierce County municipalities which used federal funds to buy mandated voting machines two years ago will have to shell out their own money for replacements this year.

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The new machines -- which have a touch screen, a control pad and a headset -- will cost $4,400 apiece. Although the law requires them to have only one for each polling place, some municipalities are buying more and some are buying optical scanners to read paper ballots.

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