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New Voting Machines Headed To Carroll County

Posted 8/16/22

HUNTINGDON (August 15) — Carroll County voters will cast their ballots on new voting machines possibly in the 2024 elections.

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New Voting Machines Headed To Carroll County

HUNTINGDON (August 15) — Carroll County voters will cast their ballots on new voting machines possibly in the 2024 elections.
Carroll County commissioners voted on August 15 to appropriate $250,000 for the purchase of new machines that prints a paper ballot that will be scanned. The machines are not expected to be ready for the November 2022 elections in Carroll County.
Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler said the county’s patience and delay in purchasing the new machines has paid off with federal Help America Vote Act funds in the amount of $210,000 and a new state grant of $40,000 expected to cover the entire cost. The Purchasing Committee along with the Election Commission will seek bids from state-approved vendors for new machines.
The current voting machines do not offer a paper trail required by new laws, effective in 2024. The new voting machines will have a paper trail and complement the new $50,000 poll pads, a special iPad that contains voter registration records at each of the precincts. Once all new voting equipment is purchased, the total price is expected to total $300,000.
The current voting machines were purchased shortly after the 2000 presidential election, when it was determined the old punch card voting machines could no longer be used after a fiasco in Florida involving punch card machines.
Commissioners also amended the budget of the Carroll County Highway Department by $202,816. Mayor Butler said the extra expenditures were overlooked in the budgeting process. The amendment includes a three-percent pay raise for employees and an estimate of the increase in the cost of fuel for the vehicles. Butler said it will further add to the department’s budgetary deficit.
Elevator repairs at the Carroll County Jail are expected to cost $60,000. Butler said the elevator is located in the old part of the jail built in the 1970s. Commissioners amended the budget to make the repairs.
Appointments included: John Austin to the Carroll County Electric Board as the County Commission representative. He will replace Commissioner Lori Nolen, who did not seek reelection. Jerry Drewry was approved for reappointment to serve on the Carroll County Civil Service Commission.
The Commission will also decided to eliminate individual surety bonds for county elected officials, instead opting to have general liability insurance cover the officials. A new state law allows local governments to discontinue the surety bonds. Each of the officers is insured up to $400,000 except the County Trustee Paula Bolen, who has a separate bond that provides over $700,000 in coverage. The trustee serves as the financial officer for the county.
The August meeting is the last for 10 commissioners who did not seek reelection. Those are Jeremy Fowler, Ronnie Murphy, Steve Parker, John Mann, Vince Taylor, Johnny Blount, Gerald Scarbrough, Paula Watkins, Joel Washburn, and Lori Nolen. Hal Eason did not win reelection so 11 of the 21 commissioners will be new in September. (see separate news article).


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