Sen. Ruth Johnson urges clerks to apply for AV tabulator funding

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Elections Committee Chair Ruth Johnson is encouraging local clerks to consider applying for new state funding support to help purchase absent voter counting board tabulating equipment.

“Efficient, secure and accurate counting of votes is critical to the integrity of our elections and the democratic process,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “When the Legislature passed funding to implement Proposal 3 earlier this year, I was proud to advocate for our local clerks who actually run elections so they have the resources they need.

“New equipment can help improve accuracy and speed, and I encourage elections officials to quickly consider applying for this limited funding support.”

Senate Bill 150 included $1 million for the purchase of absent voter counting board (AVCB) tabulators. The bill was signed by the governor in June.

The funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply, eligible jurisdictions must complete the AVCB Tabulator Funding Application and submit it by Jan. 10, 2020.

To support as many jurisdictions as possible, the state Bureau of Elections will cover 50% of the cost of purchasing a tabulator. Any additional costs such as software, modems and other components will not be covered.

Jurisdictions that have already purchased a tabulator in 2019 for an AVCB may also apply to be considered for reimbursement.

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