New Cache Co. elections center to help with security, transparency
LOGAN, Utah – Poll workers in Cache County worked Tuesday in a much larger space than they have in past years.
“It’s a massive improvement,” Bryson Behm, Chief Deputy of Cache County’s Clerk/Auditor’s office explained. “Our last area was really crowded just for us workers, so we couldn’t imagine having poll-watchers come and wanting to know about the process.”
The move into a former hangar at the Logan-Cache Airport started last spring. Initially, there were minor maintenance issues and a snake infestation.
For a few weeks now the center has been running up to speed with workers checking signatures and processing and counting ballots.
The new center was made possible with the help of state funding and about $34,000 through a federal grant as part of the Help America Vote act.
“We really appreciate all the funding that we got to be able to have this facility,” Behm said. “Just the space alone, we can store all the records that we need, our ballots, and all of our equipment to run even in-person voting and even our processing equipment.”
The new elections center is under constant video surveillance, and tabulations are entered into a computer that is not connected to the internet.
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