The County Is Weighing Options For New Voting Equipment

By Chris Conde
July 10, 2017
Top: ADA Touch Screen Ballot Marker, Bottom: Ballot Counter

The McPherson County Commissioners participated in a vendor demonstration from Election Systems and Software (ESS). The demonstration was requested by county Clerk Hollie Melroy. ESS brought in the latest model of ballot counting machines and an ADA certified digital ballot machine.

The new systems would allow the clerk’s office to count, report and store voter information much more efficiently. The current ballot counting machine is decades old relying on outdated equipment and software. The new system runs on windows seven systems and stores data with a protected USB drive. The new systems are also equipped to handle the growing digital scene with upgrades available to accommodate new innovations in web technologies.

The current ADA equipment is very heavy and requires 2 people to carry and setup at each of 17 voting locations in the county. The new machines weigh less than 20 lbs. and are designed for quick set-up and take down procedures.

The ballot counter costs 49,950 and each ADA machine costs $3,325. The whole system would cost $103,320 paid in 3 installments of $34,440 or a one-time payment of $96,287.79

The count commission may choose to purchase just the ballot counting machine or table the discussion until a later date. For Videos of the new machines and highlights of the vendor demonstration, check out Mid Kansas Online on Facebook and YouTube.

The commissioners also celebrated the birthday of Abbey Heidebrecht McPherson County Personnel Coordinator/County Commission Secretary. Hollie Melroy prepared a delicious chocolate cake for meeting attendants to enjoy.