Both federal and state law require that voting systems be tested to verify security and accuracy.
A federal commission already has certified the system.
Now, the counties will have the option to purchase the new voting system.
The cost will be determined later by contract terms negotiated by the state and the system's manufacturer.
Harrison County Clerk Susan Thomas said she's interested in the new system but isn't ready to recommend that the county purchase it.
"I'd like to see it in action," Thomas said by phone.
The decision on whether to acquire the new system would ultimately be made by the county commission.
One problem the county encounters is counting absentee ballots that are folded when mailed in, Thomas said. The new digital system is supposed to scan those ballots faster, she said.
Asked if counties were being given enough lead time to get used to the new system if they purchase it before the 2014 election, she replied: "It's kind of a crunch, but that's just the way it is for us a lot of times."