Colorado’s switch to voting by mail is Augusta’s gain as Adams County, Colo., donates 100 surplus Diebold TSX voting machines to Richmond County Board of Elections. Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said a former Columbus, Ga., elections staffer who transferred to Colorado discovered 700 unwanted units there, available to anyone willing to pay shipping and license transfer fees. The machines “were the exact same system we used in Georgia,” Bailey said. “The only change we’ll have to make is we’ll have to update them to Georgia’s software.”
Augusta will get the machines for approximately $17,000 instead of the $140,000 it would cost to buy them new, Bailey said. “It really is a great deal for Richmond County,” she said.
Bailey told Augusta commissioners who approved the expense Tuesday that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp assured her the state will use the same voting technology through 2023.