The Help American Vote Act grant could help the Victoria County Election office receive updated equipment

The Victoria County elections office is dealing with aging voting systems. even in this last runoff, some numbers were duplicated and some SD cards failed. The issues were corrected, but county leaders want a better fix. Today victoria County commissioners reviewed a grant that could lead to improvements.

In March the delay in receiving election results was blamed on a number of system issues. Victoria County Election Administrator, Margetta Hill presented the 2020 Help American Vote Act Grant, To improve election technology and security.

“The purpose of this award is to improve the administration of election for a federal office including to enhance election technology and make election security improvement,” said Margetta Hill, the Victoria County Elections Administrator.

Hill says the election system security received an assessment and there were no major concerns but the voting machines need an update.

“ I know we talked about voting machines and I know the County is hit pretty hard because of the COVID and the Grant is $120 thousand with a $16 thousand match,” said Hill.

On December 19th President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 into law. which includes a $425 million HAVA Act fund. Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller explains how the county will move forward.

What we will need from you is just a recommendation on what we should pursue, not knowing when we will get all the new machines and all the new equipment,” said Ben Zeller, the Victoria County Judge.

Judge Zeller says they plan to have an application by October 9th, so the election office can receive the support it needs.