FLINT TWP. – Voters who live in the Flushing School District will be first to use the township’s new voting machines when they go to the polls on November 7 to decide a School Improvement Bond Proposition. The polling place at Our Lady of Lebanon Church on Calkins Road, 4133 Calkins Rd. No other issues are on the November ballot that affect other township precincts, said Township Clerk Kathy Funk.
The new voting equipment was delivered to the township last week following Acceptance Testing conducted August 21-23 at UAW Local 659.
A team of approximately 38 clerks, deputy clerks and staff members from throughout Genesee County, including Funk and Flint Township Election Specialist Angie Thygesen, took part in the testing. The Hart Intercivic equipment was chosen by Genesee County to serve voters beginning with elections in November. Funding for the new machines was made possible, in large part, from a federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant set aside by the state of Michigan.
Acceptance Testing involved every piece of machinery and accompanying accessories – including ballot boxes and handicap acces- sible tables – being unpacked and tested to ensure that all pieces were in working order according to standards set forth by the state of Michigan’s Bureau of Elections, Funk said.
During the two-and-a-half days of work, 1,234 pieces of equipment in total was tested, including 266 ballot scanners, 266 ballot boxes, 266 ballot box canvas bags, 109 Voter Assistance Terminal (VAT) Touch Writers, 109 printers, 109 printer tables, and 109 Touch Writer booths.
Last week, Flint Township took delivery of 19 ballot scanners, 19 ballot boxes, 19 ballot box canvas bags, four VAT Touch Writers – one for each polling location – four printers with tables, and four Touch Writer booths.
The state of Michigan provided funding for 17 of the ballot scanners and the four VAT Touch Writers. Clerk Funk, with board approval, purchased two additional ballot scanners – one to be used for a third Absentee Voter Counting Board and one as a back-up in case of machine failure on Election Day.
“I’m excited to have an opportunity to put the new equipment to use,” Funk said. “The Hart voting machinery is state-of-the-art technology for the tabulation of votes. It will be a great asset to our voters and election inspectors, as well.”