Grimes County is getting some new voting equipment, just in time for the November elections.
At the Wednesday, August 26th meeting of Commissioner’s Court, Elections Administrator Lucy Ybarra presented a contract with a familiar vendor, Hart InterCivic, for some new voting equipment for the county.
“This is the same vendor we have had for several years. Vendor loyalty is a big thing with me, I like sticking with vendors that I know work with us. Hart manufactures their equipment in-house, and I know they work with us very well,” said Ybarra.
She said the equipment first had to be vetted, and that has been complete.
It was also mentioned that the cost of the new equipment is covered through grants they recently received, which add up to about $140,000 total.
“$120,000 of that is applied to this invoice, and then some of the other grant will be applied as well. So, we are working on that. Because somethings on the other grants cannot be purchased through here…budget wise, we’ll fully cover this, and have no problems,” Ybarra said.
Hart InterCivic will be here to assist where needed.
“They also agreed to provide free, on-site support the first day of early voting, train our elections judges for free, and provide free, onsite support on election day. so, it will not be me going out and fixing our equipment, it will be our vendor. So, that is good, that is a good thing for us,” Ybarra said.
The Commissioners approved the new voting equipment. Early voting will begin in the next couple of weeks.
If you have any questions, you can contact the elections administrators office at 936-873-4422.