Voting machines tested for levy election

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman, left, tests a voting machine with, from left, Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott and Republican Ballot Commissioner Barbara Tyre and Democrat Ballot Commissioner Pat Rossi.

ELKINS — Voting machines have been tested in preparation for the March 9 special election for the Randolph County Schools levy proposal.

Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman put several of the machines through their paces last week, assisted by Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott and Democrat Ballot Commissioner Pat Rossi and Republican Ballot Commissioner Barbara Tyre.

The county has 92 voting machines, including 10 which were recently obtained from Wetzel County, where officials have installed new machines and were willing to give some of the outgoing ones to Randolph. The cost to purchase 10 new machines for Randolph County would have been $35,000, Wiseman said.

Early voting for the levy election will take place at the Wees Annex to the Randolph County Courthouse in Elkins from Feb. 22-March 6, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, March 2.

The Randolph County Commission voted unanimously on Jan. 17 to fund the levy election. Scott said the commission will determine later what courthouse fund the money will come from.

Scott noted at the time that the Randolph BOE will reimburse the cost of the election to the county whether the levy passes or not.

Also on Jan. 17, courthouse officials estimated that the cost of the special levy election will be $55-65,000.

The total amount for the proposed five-year levy would be $16,150,685 — or $3,230,137 annually — beginning July 1, 2019 through July 1, 2023.

According to language in the proposed levy, $1 million would be used to make upgrades to facilities, including the installation of turf at Tygarts Valley Middle-High School football and baseball fields, turf and bleachers at Wimer Stadium, turf at the Elkins Middle School softball field and turf at the Elkins High School baseball and soccer fields.