CLARKSVILLE — The Johnson County Quorum Court approved the purchase of new voting equipment for $3,875 per year and a reduction in polling locations during their regular meeting Thursday.
Judge Herman Houston said Justice of the Peace John Payne reported that the Election Review Committee had three proposals for consideration. According to financial input from the Secretary of State’s Office, option No. 1 would have had the county pay $184,396.06 for voting equipment for polling locations. The equipment would cost $445,166.42, with the state contributing $260,797.36. The county would also get $66,381.10 credit for turning in the old equipment.
Option No. 2 had the county responsible to pay $89,717.26 for equipment for 16 polling locations that cost a total of $359,506.54. The state would contribute $269,789.28 and give the county $58,169.30 for the old equipment.
Option No. 3, which was approved by quorum court membes, included equipment for 11 polling locations at a total cost of $248,982.44. The state’s share would pay for $245,107.44 including $47,904.55 for the old equipment.
Houston said it was “really a good thing” that the county will have new voting machines in place for the November general election. Money will also be saved with 36 less poll workers by the combination of some voting precincts. During their May meeting, JPs learned that the county would have to pay $184,369.06 for new voting equipment.
Houston said the Secretary of State’s office would pay for any repairs or maintenance on the equipment. He added that all registered voters can cast their ballots anywhere in Johnson County and not in their own precincts.
The county’s Election Commission will determine any changes in polling locations. Election Commissioner Jerry Dorney said voters will be notified of the polling location changes, and signs and workers will be at the old voting locations to notify voters where to vote.
In other business, quorum court members approved:
• An ordinance appropriating $30,000 towards $121,479.67 for 911 Coordinator Stephanie McClurg to buy new equipment for 911 emergency communications.
• An ordinance appropriating $3,875 for computer software.
• An ordinance appropriating $3,132.50 in 50 percent matching funds for a Yale community grant to help repair the community building.
• An ordinance appropriating $2,350 in 50 percent matching funds for the Johnson County Fair Association to improve buildings.
• The transfer of $6,500 from County General to Road Department from injection wells.
• The reappointment of Van Alan Hill, Tony Warren and Barry Rogers to the Equalization Board.
Members of the Johnson County Quorum Court are John Payne, Mike Jacobs, Steve Morgan, Greg Dickerson, H.M. Mickey Smith, Larry Plugge, Larry Holben, Harold Parker, Bert Wages, Bruce Wilson and David Wyles.