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Auditor: Election equipment needs replacing in a few years

Williams presented to Supervisors Tuesday

December 12, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Marshall County Auditor Dawn Williams said the current voting equipment in the county will need to be replaced in the next three to six years. Williams made a department update to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Replacing the election equipment has a rough estimated cost of $400,000, she said.

"We're looking at seriously shopping for equipment over the next few years," Williams said. "We have started saving for that voting equipment."

Supervisor Dave Thompson said $100,000 was set aside in the budget last year to save for the future purchase of the equipment.

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Marshall County Auditor Dawn Williams gave a department update to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

"It will be a large expenditure when it happens," Thompson said.

Williams said the need to replace equipment comes not from the condition of the equipment but from the software to run it that the equipment companies phase out.

In other discussion, Williams said the Nov. 6 election cost just more than $17,000 but that doesn't count full-time staff used.

Of the 19,092 votes cast in the election, 10,057 were absentee for a percentage of 52 percent absentee voters. Williams said that percentage is up 9 points from the previous high percentage of absentee voters.

"So that's a pretty dramatic increase," Williams said.

Williams said it appears the mailings they sent to voters to let them know where their voting precinct is located worked and made for less calls to the office.

It's been nearly two years since the auditor's and recorder's offices were combined in the county and Williams also addressed that in her report.

"It's gone very well," she said.



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