Prior to June 2016, Linn County purchased new voting equipment and used it in the 2016 primary and general elections. As I indicated in my March 7th blog post and during my public testimony to the Iowa House State Government Committee that equipment cost over $834K. The attachment provides a breakdown of the line items included in the $834K cost for Linn County’s 86 precincts.
If you voted at the polls on either election day in 2016, you ballot was scanned and your votes counted by our new precinct scanners. If you voted absentee, then your ballot was scanned and your votes counted by our new high speed ballot scanners.
I think I thanked you at last year’s State of the County luncheon, but if you did not attend that event, then Thank You taxpayers for providing the funding for this new equipment! Administering elections costs thousands of tax dollars. And based upon the election legislation pending in the Legislature, our costs are going to increase in the future. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor