County’s new voting equipment to be display

Washington County voters are invited to see how the county’s new voting equipment works. The new system will debut throughout the county for this year’s primary and general elections.

State law requires counties with new voting equipment to make the system available to the public for 60 days prior to using it in an election. The equipment will be on display, with demonstration ballots, in county facilities until June 13. The local site is the Headwaters Service Center at 19955 Forest Road N. in Forest Lake.

Washington County’s existing voting system is 15 years old. The equipment is showing signs of wear and tear and replacement parts are not readily available. The new equipment offers a number of features that improve service and efficiency.

The $732,900 purchase includes 90 voting machines and 90 ballot boxes, and a counting machine for absentee ballots. Funding comes from federal Help America Vote Act grant funds and county property tax funds.