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County to buy new voting machines

Dana Strongin

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to purchase voting machines that will change the way residents vote.

The board voted in March to buy the new machines, which are electronic and would replace the county’s paper ballots, from Hart InterCivic.

Officials plan to purchase about 35 voting units at a total cost of about $200,000 to $225,000.

The state will distribute federal funds to help counties with changes required by the national Help America Vote Act — one of the laws affecting voting system requirements. Routt County is set to receive $140,750.

During a meeting today, commissioners will discuss the agreement with Hart InterCivic.

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland has said that Hart has received the federal and state certification to handle the volume required for Routt County.

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She said the company’s machines have been shown to be durable and user friendly and that the company has a history of superior customer service.

In other business, the commissioners will meet with Steam–boat Springs City Coun–cil members Susan Dellinger and Steve Ivancie to discuss board appointments.

The commissioners and coun–cil members will focus on appointing members to joint boards between the city and the county, Commissioner Nancy Stah–oviak said. She said she thinks the two groups are using different processes.

The commissioners and the council were set to appoint Ed MacArthur to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority board last week.

Members of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley attended both meetings, saying the advertising process for the position was inadequate. Commissioners approved the appointment of MacArthur, but the council tabled the appointment after hearing alliance board member Rich Levy’s comments.