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Clerk ‘confident’ in new voting machines

The county’s newly purchased voting machines will be put to the test Tuesday in the Primary Election.
At Monday night’s Harrison County Council, Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Brown was asked if the machines were ready.
‘I’m confident,’ she said. ‘We’re one of only three Indiana counties using this company (Hart Intercivic based in Lexington, Ky.) and it’s their first big election with the scanners. They want to look good.’
A representative with the company will be on hand election day and night, Brown said.
Several counties have asked Brown to report how the machines work on election day, so potential buyers will be paying attention.
The machines were purchased in October for nearly $225,000, which was a significant reduction because they were used for one election cycle in Hawaii.
With the machines, voters will be given a code to input on a dial on the voting machine which looks similar to an arcade game structure. Voters then will use the touch-screen device to choose candidates. Or, voters can use optical scan machines with a physical ‘check the box’ ballot similar to those used in past elections.
Hart representatives said, in October, that in each election they’ve conducted in Kentucky (well more than half of the state’s counties use Hart), the election results were in within five to 10 minutes after the final precinct reported.
Brown also said poll worker training took place yesterday (Tuesday) and will again tomorrow night at the courthouse in Corydon. She welcomes anyone to attend, and back-up poll workers are still needed.
Brown requested $11,250 to pay the remainder of the voting machine invoices which, because of reduced shipping costs, came in more than $3,000 below the original agreed amount. She also requested an additional of $4,160 for a salary for an absentee board member.
In other business Monday night, the council approved numerous additionals for the parks department totaling nearly $500,000. It approved $437,589 to resurface roads and for other improvements at Buffalo Trace Park east of Palmyra, $15,000 to finish surface work at South Harrison Park near Elizabeth and $12,000 for unemployment.
Other approved additionals included $60,000 for Emergency Medical Services to purchase AEDs or defibrillators for each floor in every county building; $52,000 for building maintenance for the purchase of the Muffin Monster grinder to be used at the Harrison County Justice Center; nearly $16,000 for GIS mapping; and $2,000 to Carol Dawson for EEO monitoring.
Auditor Pat Wolfe told the council to expect more EEO guidance claims. Dawson bills the county any time the sheriff’s department seeks advice or counseling from Dawson’s company, EEO Guidance Inc. Dawson was hired by the county commissioners to provide EEO training first to the sheriff’s department then to all county employees.

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