Moffat County Commissioners discuss voting machines |

Moffat County Commissioners discuss voting machines

New voting machines could be coming to Moffat County as early as Jan. 1.

Moffat County Com–mis–sioners and Chief Ceputy Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod discussed the new machines at the commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

The Help America Vote Act, which passed after the 2000 election, requires counties to have Direct Recording Electronic voting machines in place by Jan. 1, 2006.

The DRE machines make it easier for people with disabilities to cast a ballot.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Com–missioner Saed Tayyara mentioned a bill expected to go before Gov. Bill Owens shortly. The bill would extend the deadline for counties to have DRE machines in place to Jan. 1, 2008.

Even if the deadline is extended, Moffat County probably will need new machines earlier than 2008.

The company that services the county’s 14-year-old ballot scanner no longer will support that model this fall.

“We’ve got to do something,” Herod said after the meeting.

Herod said the clerk’s office would like to see a committee formed to discuss the county’s options, which include going with all-electronic voting equipment and phasing in new electronic equipment.

“I’d like to see us phase it in,” Herod said.

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan is attending a county clerk’s convention early next month in Durango, after which she expects to know more about getting new machines.

When the county purchases new machines, whether it’s this year or farther down the road, the commissioners will have to approve the purchase.

In other news:

  • The commissioners awarded a bid for road striping to Patriot Highway Markings for $33,109. The commissioners approved the award by a unanimous vote.
  • The commissioners proclaimed May 28, 2005, “Poppy Day.” The proclamation asks that citizens celebrate the day by wearing memorial poppies, which are available from the American Legion, on Saturday.

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