A new audit says it would cost $17 million to retrofit South Carolina’s voting machines to produce a paper trail.

The Legislative Audit Council report, released today, found there have been errors attributed to the state’s iVontronic machines, which the state’s 46 counties have used for about a decade.

“The voting machine South Carolina uses is not certified by the federal Election Assistance Commission,” it noted. “Current machines do not produce paper audit trails. To address this, it would cost $17 million to add a voter verifiable paper audit trail to the voting machines.”

The report is expected to influence the General Assembly’s discussion about replacing the machines in the future.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.