Lake County commissioners and county election officials are concerned a provision in state law might force the county to purchase 54 additional voting machines this year. Commissioner Daniel P. Troy and Elections Board Director Scott E. Daisher discussed the matter during public comment at a recent commissioners meeting. Troy recently received correspondence from the County Commissioners Association of Ohio to make sure the commissioners were aware of a state law enacted in 2006 that would require each county to have a minimum ratio starting in 2013 to have one voting machine per 175 registered voters.
The county has 152,878 registered voters and 864 electronic voting machines, Daisher said. “Based on this formula, we’d have to buy about 54 machines which would run in excess of $200,000,” Troy said.
Daisher and Troy each said it is their understanding there are attempts to repeal the ratio as part of the state budget bill process.
“I guess the question is where are we at right now, because I know we have not set aside in your budget $200,000 for additional voting machines,” Troy said.