Benton County OKs Election Changes


Posted: November 17, 2010 at 5:23 a.m.

The prospect of saving money and time persuaded Benton County justices of the peace to approve a plan for the county to program its voting machines.


Tight Schedule

Money in the county’s 2010 budgets must be spent and items purchased received by Dec. 31,. If the Election Commission’s request is approved by the Quorum Court at its Dec. 16 meeting, the commission will have two weeks to have the material delivered.

Source: Staff Report

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Over 100 machines were not checked by the EC and hence had to be set up and closed on election night. A 2 am release of final counts election night and a stunning series of missteps, misrepresenatations and the QC says it's OK if it'll save money so you can program the machines? Can't fix stupid.

Someone on the QC might ask if Williams has so much confidence in it's abilities to program machines, why we've had ES&S personnel counting votes in every large election in the last 2 years - not the EC. Competence does not run rampant at the EC.

The QC needs to put their foot down and stop funding the asperations of the EGO's at the EC. Sure you can program the machines ... if you can prove you can do an election without a series of missteps and the help of ES&S. In a great part the QC should take responsibity for what's happened in the EC.

Man up QC and stop the madness and get our elections back on firm ground. You can do that by demanding accountability on what the EC has and does before you throw more money at the boneheads.

Posted by: Blueticker

November 17, 2010 at 8 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

UNBELIEVABLE!!! The problems are minuscule now, compared to what they will be if in-house programming takes place! Hold on to your boots, Benton Co voters! You're going for a ride!!!

Posted by: 36tudor

November 17, 2010 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )