LIBERTY - Casey Fiscal Court agreed to upgrade polling places and purchase additional voting machines to meet federal guidelines pertaining to election precincts.
The court decided Monday to adopt a policy to upgrade the voting precincts and add an extra voting machine at each of the 15 precincts. The cost is $75,000 and another $10,000 for a voting machine for absentee voters. The county will be reimbursed by the state Board of Elections for the costs, county Judge-Executive Ronald Wright said.
An evaluation to find out which of the 15 voting precincts needed modifications has been completed by county Clerk Eva S. Miller, and Art Mills, a member of the county Board of Elections, and Paul Sayers and C. David Coffman, volunteers.
The team looked at precincts scattered throughout the county that needed temporary or permanent modifications to improve accessibility to voters during elections. The report said the team's goal is to provide a site that is accessible to voters who are visually-impaired, who use wheelchairs or scooters or who have difficulty walking.