County Sets Aside A Half-million To Replace Voting Machines
Published: July 25th, 2022
By: Shawn Magrath

CHENANGO COUNTY – The Chenango County Board of Supervisors is setting aside nearly half a million dollars in American Rescue Plan funds to replace the county’s dated voting machines.

County board members voted this month to use the remaining $394,400 of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allotment, along with another $55,590 gained in interest, for the inevitable purchase. The resolution ensures money will be available when it comes time for the county to purchase new voting machines.

The last time the county purchased new voting machines was in 2007. County officials say the 14-year-old machines currently used have exceeded their 10-year life expectancy.

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The county’s considering a capital reserve account to be established next year that will set aside $40,000 annually for 12 years to replace voting machines again when needed.

The resolution passed by the county board doesn’t obligate the county to purchase new machines yet; voting machines must still be certified by the state. The Chenango County Board will need a separate resolution to buy new machines.