More details about the fixes put in place on Election Day in November when voting technology failed to perform have come to light, and officials are asking the county commissioners to adopt a detailed list of mostly technical and financial suggestions about what to do in the future. Election Systems & Software is still the county’s election vendor, and will be providing services in the municipal elections in May and November of this year, according to its current contract with the county. But whether the county will retain the company for future elections has not been determined.
The three-member election board, including newly elected County Clerk Trena McLaughlin, met on Friday for the first time since the Nov. 6 election, when voters were left waiting in lines for hours because electronic tablets used to check voters in wouldn’t connect to a county-wide server.
The election board is recommending that the three-member Board of Commissioners follow the recommendations by a state oversight board outlined in an investigative report released by the Secretary of State’s Office. The election board also added its own additional recommendations, including having ES & S purchase a sufficient number of e-pollbooks from a vendor selected by Johnson County for the 2019 primary and fall elections at no cost to the county.