Fort Bend County officials ok new voting machines for 2020 elections
The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved implementation of new voting machines for the May 2 local elections at the Jan. 29 regular meeting. Commissioners Grady Prestage and Andy Meyers worked with a committee to evaluate and select the new voter machines.
77彩票网app“We believe this is the best overall system. It’s a change from the one we have, but we believe as people get familiar with it, it will be a simpler system to vote on,” Meyers said at the Jan 29 meeting prior to the vote. “It will also provide a paper ballot.”
The new voting machine will be used in the upcoming March primary electiosn and the May 2 general elections.
77彩票网app“We wanted to do this before the November election in case there’s a glitch or two,” Commissioner Prestage said.
77彩票网appJudge KP George thanked Meyers and Prestage for their time and effort evaluating the voting system equipment. He also said a number of community members had contacted him to say they wanted voting machines that provided a paper ballot.
“It is going to be a step forward for us, absolutely,” Judge George said.
77彩票网appJudge George and the Commissioners Court approved the purchase of 1,700 voting machines for roughly $7.8 million from Elections Systems and Software at the Oct. 8 meeting, according to agenda documents. New state legislation removed the option of straight-party voting beginning in 2020 and new equipment and software were needed to replace the current system, which is 15 years old. The new voting machine will feature a touch-screen method and will provide a paper ballot to voters, which will be turned in to poll workers.
Judge George the Commissioner also approve increase the hourly wage for election workers. The wage for election judges was increased from $11 to $13 per hour. The presiding clerks wage was increased from $12 to $13 per hour and election day and early voting clerks’ wages were increase to $12 per hour.
Both measures received unanimous approval.