By Lon Anderson
In a special meeting on July 23, the Hardy County Commission voted to seek a federal grant to purchase new voting equipment. The matching grant, if awarded, would pay for 50% of the $194,213.50 cost for the new system, according to County Clerk Greg Ely.
Ely explained that this equipment would be a major upgrade over the County’s current voting system, which was purchased in 2005, and is beginning to fail. Last week Commissioners Jay Fansler and David Workman traveled to Romney, which uses the same system they expect to purchase, to check out the equipment and talk with officials there who use it. Based on that visit, they indicated they were very satisfied and ready to move forward.