Potter County Commissioners Court approves changes to election integrity
At its first meeting in the New Year, the Potter County Court of Commissioners unanimously approved two measures to bring its electoral processes into line with Senate Bill 1 to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the elections.
The first step the court approved on Monday was to accept reimbursement of state funding for converting its voting system to one that gives voters a printout of their ballot once they made selections on a screen. The printed ballot paper is then inserted into a ballot box. Previously, voters only had on-screen prompts asking them to make sure their ballot was correct.
Due to time constraints, the new process will not go into effect for the next primaries, but will be completed by June. Election officials across the state have until 2026 to comply with SB1.
Potter County Election Administrator Melynn Huntley said that while the county’s electoral process was accurate, this new measure was implemented to give voters greater confidence in the integrity of the elections.
“This new process will have auditors matching the numbers of voting machines and paper ballots that are printed and will be available if audits are required,” Huntley said. efforts to improve voter confidence.
With the new system, voters will still receive on-screen prompts and physically see a printout of their ballot, which will be available for review before depositing it in a secure ballot box.
Another measure being implemented is the addition of 24-hour live streaming cameras that will allow citizens to see the electoral process in real time during the Potter County election. All feeds will be recorded and kept until the end of the year, or longer in the event of a legal challenge to the election results.
The funds for this live broadcast will come from grants under the Help America Vote Act which was enacted in 2002. The new camera system and its components are estimated at $ 17,932.
Huntley also wanted to remind voters that early voting begins on February 14 and ends on February 25.
“I want to encourage people to prepare and plan to vote early for convenience,” she said.
In other election-related resolutions, the court approved joint Democratic and Republican primaries already approved for the upcoming election.