The Angelina County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved the use of electronic voting equipment.
The new equipment costs almost $600,000, but the county won't have to pay for it. The purchase is part of an almost four billion dollar federal grant the government set aside for all 50 states.
Bill Shanklin, elections administrator, said, "They're very simple to use. Beginning January 1st in any election in Angelina County, the touch screen units will be available; although, at the same time we will have paper ballots as well."
Electronic voting goes into effect January 1st in Angelina County. When voters go to the polls, they will have a choice between the new system and paper ballots.