Counties that purchase new voting equipment from the vendor that the Secretary of State has recommended that everyone should use can qualify for some state aid in getting them. Secretary of State Wayne Williams told county clerks at their annual meeting in Fort Collins this week that he will be able to help pay 50 percent of their costs in training, testing, installing and managing the use of new Dominion voting machines. That’s the Denver-based company that a special panel in Williams’ office determined last month would be the best for all 64 Colorado counties to use as part of a statewide uniform voting system.
Williams said he has access to about $850,000 in funds through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to create such a system. “We want to help counties in making this important transition that will greatly benefit Colorado voters and their election process,” Williams said.
For the past three years, the Secretary of State’s Office has been studying the benefits of having all counties use the same equipment, concluding last month that doing so not only would help ensure a safer elections system by having to monitor only a single company’s machines, but also save counties money when they’re ready to replace older models because the office can negotiate for better prices.