County adopts electronic voting system

by dentonramsey

County adopts electronic voting system

By Denton Ramsey / Staff Writer


Brewster County Commissioners voted to accept a bid for an electronic voting system at their meeting Tuesday.

Federal standards have set a deadline for the systems across the nation by next year’s primaries.

After hearing from four different companies, commissioners adopted a new system that will be almost completely funded at approximately $96,000.

Elections officer Alice Tidwell reviewed all of the county’s options and pushed for funding the system that will be seen and used by the public in the near future.

According to County Judge Val Beard, the public will begin using the devices with just one of the systems being placed in each voting precinct.

The electronic system, a part of the UniLect Corporation called the Patriot Voting System, includes 15 in. color touch-screens along with privacy voting booths and a central election system.

In other business, commissioners discussed and approved general matters related to the treasurer’s office.

In the Road and Bridge Department, Superintendent Frenchie Causey presented a general update to the commissioners, stating that things are generally moving along as planned during this busy time of year on the streets.

In Emergency Management, Tom Santry asked for consideration to adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the standard for incident management. The commissioners approved the NIMS.

Also approved in Emergency Management was a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Public Safety and an agreement between Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Brewster County for forensic services.

A resolution in support of improved facilities for Big Bend National Park was also approved. The resolution stated that the commissioners court has observed that the park is in special need of a new curatorial facility/science and resource management center. A letter will be sent to U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Commissioners also began discussing preparation for the budget cycle, but no action was taken. A new requirement for this year’s budget will involve Senate Bill 18, which, said Beard, means the county will have to “jump through more hoops” to get their budget passed with two hearings being required before the it is passed.


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