Board of Elections accepts and stores new voting machines, approves budget
Published: August 8, 2013
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ST. CROIX - The St. Croix Board of Elections has taken possession of the new received voting machines and has moved more than 40 machines into its Sunny Isle office.
The board met in its monthly meeting Wednesday and discussed plans to enter into an agreement with Flemings Transport to store the old machines at a cost significantly lower than another storage facility that was contacted.
Board member Roland Moolenaar headed up the committee to relocate the machines and said the machines arrived on-island in June and had been stored off-site until this week. The process began Friday to move the outdated machines out of the Sunny Isles office and the new ones were brought in, he said.
According to Moolenaar, the board is obligated to keep the 93 outdated machines and all records for at least two years following the last election, which was in November.
On Wednesday, Alexia Scott Morrison and Bridgette Richardson, two representatives from Elections Systems and Software, were in the office unpacking the boxes, setting up the machines and testing to ensure that nothing had been damaged during the process of shipping the machines to the territory.
"When they left they were all working, so we are running the tests just to ensure that they are still in fine working conditions," Morrison said.
Board Chairman Adelbert Bryan said a chain of custody document has been created for the machines, and Moolenaar will continue to oversee any discussion involving the storage of the old and new machines.
Also on Wednesday, the board discussed and approved the budget for its planned appearance before the Senate Finance Committee on Aug. 28, but Bryan said there is still some confusion about who is expected to make the presentation to the Senate for the Elections System supervisor's budget.
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