Election Changes Could Be Costly

Communities in eastern Carolina, across the state and around the nation may have to shell out millions of dollars if congress moves ahead with a piece of election legislation.

The law would require voting machines nationwide to have individual paper ballots by November 2012.

Gary Bartlett is director of the State Board of Elections. He says the proposal has good intentions but says it's not practical, reasonable, or cost-effective. He says the proposal would require counties to spend millions of dollars on new machines, independent audits, and other costs.

Many counties bought new machines just last year. The U.S. House could vote on the legislation this week.