Auditor unveils new election equipment for School Election

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

Story County has new election equipment, which will first be used in the upcoming school election on Sept. 8.

Lucy Martin, Story County auditor and commissioner of elections, purchased the new equipment in April.

County employees, precinct workers and election technicians all provided input in the final decision, following public equipment demonstrations by qualified vendors. “I wanted as many people as possible to handle the machines and weigh in on the purchase. We made the best decision for Story County.”

The new equipment is from Unisyn Voting Solutions, one of the four certified vendors in Iowa. Over 40 counties in the state currently use the same voting system.

“I don’t anticipate people having any trouble adapting. We have mandated paper ballots in Iowa and, from a voter’s perspective, optical scanners are very similar across all vendors,” said Martin.

“Everyone is really pleased with our ADA-compliant device. It works well if you have limited mobility, visual impairment or just can’t get enough of touch screens. We plan on using them for our in-office over-the-counter voting prior to election day, as well as for any satellite absentee voting stations.”

Citizens wanting a preview are welcome to attend the public test of election equipment, which begins Monday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m., on the second floor of the Story County Administration Building, 900 Sixth Street, Nevada.