Boone County Vs. State Voter System

1 decade 7 months 16 hours ago February 23, 2006 Feb 23, 2006 Thursday, February 23 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:32:21 PM CST in News

In fact, the county is arguing with the state over the new system.

"By having one single list for all the voters in the state, it will make it much easier to see duplicates in voter registrations and check for errors," said Don Seitz of the Secretary of State's Office.

However, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren sees flaws in the new system. For example, voters will no longer have sample ballots or access to their records online. In the current system, Boone County voters can change their addresses and find their polling places on the Internet, but the new system will eliminate those options.

Noren also worries about stability and network security.

"I talked to one of the clerks this morning, [and] from 6:30 to 10:30 she was only able to add 10 names," Noren explained. "It was so slow. So there's going to be some issues that need to be addressed." 

And, Noren is concerned about update costs.

"I am going to have some benchmarks that I will hold the state to, because unless they can produce the system as the same quality we have got, it's going to increase our staff levels," she added. "We are going to have the state pay for that."

Seitz responded, "The new registration system will be housed here within the state of Missouri, in the Secretary of State's Office, and there's also federal, one-time money that will allow for the counties to help pay for their connections to the new system."

Noren said the one-time payout for Boone County is only $26,000.

"The Secretary of State's Office, if they are going to control the software, they need to control the network, the operating system and hardware, and pay for it," she said.

Noren says she's waiting for the state to provide equipment and services. 

The State Election Board hopes to have each of Missouri's 114 counties in the new system by the start of the new year.

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