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Ballot system to ease absentee ballot woes

Posted: December 16, 2015 - 1:16am

Columbia County lead­ers were expected to approve a new ballot machine that will make elections easier and save money.

They discussed the purchase of a Balotar election system, which will allow the Board of Elections to print out absentee ballots on demand, according to county Deputy Administrator Glenn Kennedy said at a Dec. 8 Community and Emer­gency Services Committee meeting.

The system costs $20,935, which commissioners were expected to approve at Tuesday’s meeting.

“It’ll have a savings of $7,000 per election,” Kennedy said. So within the next (physical) year, we’ll make up for the cost of this system.”

Currently, the Board of Elections staff must pre-order absentee ballots a head of time for about $8,000 and run the risk have having unused ballots or not enough.

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