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New voting supplies ready for next week

Equipment will be available in time for general election

MIFFLINTOWN — The state-mandated new voting equipment recently purchased in Juniata County will be up and running just in time for next week’s general election.

During Tuesday’s business meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners, Eva Weyrich, Juniata County voter registrar, noted the new voting equipment has been thoroughly tested and training of all judges of elections has been completed.

“I’m here to announce that demo equipment is currently set up outside the voter registrar’s office for anyone wanting to come in and try them out,” Weyrich noted. “These new machines are new even to the poll workers. As a voter, you’ll still blacken the ovals and put the ballot into the machine. The machine will give voters more information than before, especially if the voting has been done incorrectly.”

In some races, such as the one for commissioner, it is easy for voters to possibly cast ballots for more candidates than allowed, Weyrich said. Should an over-voting situation occur, it will tell the voter about it and a new ballot can be issued if the voter so desires, she added.

“That’s important,” Commissioner Todd Graybill said. “The machine will tell you if you voted wrong by accident.”

Commissioner Alice Gray thanked Weyrich and her staff for having the new equipment up and running in time for Tuesday’s election, noting the state mandate requires counties to have the new equipment in place for the 2020 spring primary election.

“We thank you for getting this done now,” she commented.

The general election is Nov. 5.

In other business Tuesday, during the public comment portion of the meeting, Corey Fronk, an employee of the McAlisterville Water and Sewer Authority, was on hand to personally thank the commissioners for a recent decision to earmark additional Community Development Block Grant dollars toward a project to improve water and sewage service in the area.

“I’m just here today to express my personal gratitude,” Fronk said. “It’s most appreciated that you (commissioners) value water and sewer in the county. We hope to continue working with you for the next five years. Me and all five board members are deeply appreciative.”

Also on Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯ Ratified the following Home Housing Rehab Project checks as submitted by the county’s planning and community development department: $8,760 to Rick Schannauer for project costs; and $9,080 to JSD Construction for project costs.

¯ Ratified a CDBG-IDIS check in the amount of $29,480 to SEDA-COG for project costs.

¯ Approved a “Scope of Service” agreement for Prison Inmate Medical Cost Containment Program service fees which will cover health care provider costs for inmates housed outside of the Mifflin County Correctional Facility.

¯ Approved the following county calendars: 2020 holiday schedule for the courthouse and offices; and 2020 schedule for salary board, retirement board and commissioners’ meetings.

¯ Announced the commissioners will not meet on Tuesday, Nov. 5 due to the general election.

¯ Approved the hiring of Zachary Zimmerman as a caseworker with Juniata County Children and Youth Services, as mandated by the state.

¯ Approved payment of bills in the amount of $172,332.88.

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