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Earlier this year the Sussex County Board of Elections filed a lawsuit against Vernon Township after they refused to pay a bill stemming from programming electric voting machines. Now, a judge has ruled that the town must foot the $2,863.80 bill.
The town argued that programming was a county responsibility, while the county said that making the switch from paper to electronic ballots didn't justify shifting the cost to the county. With no law explicitly addressing who covers the cost of electronic voting machine programming, it was up to the judge's interpretation of older laws.
Had the judge ruled in Vernon's favor, the county would have had to return the money paid last year by the 23 other municipalities in Sussex County.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.