An analysis of proposals presented in December by board member Audrey Gillespie showed a cost difference of around $1 million between the systems: $1.877 million for the hybrid and $860,000 for the full paper system.
The state has allocated $1,096,490 to the county for a new system.
Board member Rob Long said Tuesday he had “lost confidence in the touch screens with the problems.”
Board member Ryan King said he didn’t consider the November issue a related situation. Paper ballots also would be tallied by machine, “so it does not solve that problem we experienced,” he said.
Chairman Dave Fisher said the new paper systems are more advanced than optical scan systems of the past.
“This is a 20-year system,” he said.
Long said he wanted to see the new equipment in use by the May election. The board voted to approve the immediate purchase of the Clear Ballot system. Long, Gillespie and Fisher voted for the paper system, while King voted “no.”