“That’s why we’ve been able to give money back,” he said.
In other business, the board approved a series of motions aimed at the May 7 primary election. Members:
• Certified petitions for Ashtabula City Council submitted by Alice Cook (Ward 3, Republican), Josephine Misener (Ward 4, Republican), and Ward 5 hopefuls Kris Hamrick (Democrat) and Jack Bales (Republican)
• Approved a bid from Election Systems and Software to prepare ballots at a cost of 23 cents for the first page and 20 cents for the second page. Some 25,000 ballots for the 70 precincts impacted by the election will be printed.
• Agreed to pay Black Eagle Moving Co. of Ashtabula, $3,500 to transport tabulating machines and voting booths to polling places
• Will spend an estimated $1,200 to rent two computer tablets equipped with special software to see if they can help workers at two of the county’s biggest polling places direct voters to their precincts more quickly and efficiently. The tablets will be used on a trial basis, members agreed. “It could help cut down on confusion,” Frye said.
• Agreed to buy 104 wheeled carts — one for each precinct in the county — for workers to transport ballots and other election material to and from Jefferson. The bags now in use are too bulky and heavy to be hoisted by older workers, Lovas has said. The carts, which are equipped with a folding handle, will cost about $100 each.