Elections board recommends buying new voting equipment

Seneca County Board of Elections voted 3-1 to recommend spending $422,000 on new voting equipment during its meeting Monday.

Board member David Koehl voted against making the recommendation. He said it isn’t the company or the equipment he objected to, but the requirement to purchase new equipment.

The recommendation is to be considered by the Seneca County commissioners, who make the final purchase decision. The commissioners meet at 10 a.m. today.

The new equipment is mandated by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and the state is contributing $648,000 toward the purchase. Total equipment cost is $1,065,000.

Purchasing the new machines required setting aside $16,650 per year is required for maintenance.

According to a news release from the county commissioners office after the Nov. 27 meeting, the commissioners have set aside $500,000 for the purchase from the Capital Projects Fund.

The commissioners meet this morning at 10 a.m.

Before the vote, the board heard a detailed review of two equipment options from Craig Seibert, Ohio sales manager for Election Systems & Software, of Omaha, Nebraska. The board chose to recommend ExpressVote.