Public Input Wanted on Election Equipment

From left, County Clerk Eda Schunk Thompson and Election Supervisor Brenda Kekich. (Photo by Pat Blair)
From left, County Clerk Eda Schunk Thompson and Election Supervisor Brenda Kekich. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Wyoming's 23 county clerks are seeking input from Wyoming voters that will help them make decisions about future election equipment in the state.

Sheridan County Clerk Eda Schunk Thompson said the last time election equipment was purchased in Sheridan County was in 2005.

Thompson said a power point survey, prepared by the Wyoming County Clerks Association, is posted online, and she's asking that all Sheridan County voters go online and participate.

She said anyone who doesn't have a computer can come to the election office at the Sheridan County courthouse and fill out a written survey there.

The survey asks questions such as the responder's voting method, whether the voter goes to the polls on election day or votes absentee for example, and how the individual would like to be informed of election items such as dates, ballots and polling places. The survey also asks whether the individual would be willing to serve as an election judge.

Thompson said the survey won't affect the voting equipment currently in use. But the survey notes that several issues are influencing the future of voting in Wyoming, including a serious lack of election judges in some counties, a loss of polling places, a state and county budget crunch and a concern among voting machine vendors that current equipment is nearing its useful life. Thompson said the life span of voting equipment is about 20 years.

Thompson said she doesn't know how much it would cost to buy new voting equipment, but the equipment that the county bought in December 2005 cost nearly $417,000.

Those who would like to take the voting survey will find it online at www.sheridancounty.com.

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Another view of Thompson and Kekich. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another view of Thompson and Kekich. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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