Elections board to look into state dollars for equipment upgrades

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Logan County Board of Elections is after its share of more than $104 million in reimbursable state dollars for the purpose of updating its ballot-counting software.

The board of elections will maintain a paper ballot system, and will seek to buy new optical digital scanner systems used to tabulate paper ballots.

Approximately $612,000 could be allocated to replace and/or update the voting equipment, but a final approval from Logan County Commissioners will be required.

The state has awarded contracts to five voting system vendors, and officials at the board of elections indicated a preference for ES&S Election Systems & Software, but that requires approval by the full board of directors.

Ohio state legislators made the $104.5 million available to counties earlier this year by way of an initiative called the Voting Equipment Acquisition Program.

Pricing information has been received from the Ohio Secretary of State, but administrators at the board of elections won’t begin meeting with county commissioners, “until we can pack this election away first,” deputy director Adam Brannon wrote in an e-mail.

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