New Way to Vote Approved

Lauderdale County will get 129 new electronic voting machines at the state's expense.

The Board of Supervisors has agreed to sign on to the state's plan to buy touch-screen voting machines from the Diebold company.

New machines are required to keep up with federal elections guidelines.

The county will have to buy 31 more machines to cover every voting precinct. That will cost them about $100,000.

Counties throughout Mississippi have until Friday to make a decision to accept the voting machines, or buy others that pass muster with the federal Help America Vote Act.