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Preparing for the vote

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Scott County Clerk Rita Milam demonstrates the use of the county's new election machines for election judges during a training session at the Trinity Gospel Church in Sikeston.
(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
County's election judges have important role in voting process


BENTON -- Election officials are gearing up for a busy election year.

Scott County Clerk Rita Milam held a training session for new voting machines Scott County voters will use beginning with the Feb. 7 presidential primary election.

"The old equipment is six years old and was purchased with money from federal and state grants totaling $245,000," Milam said. "Scott County was offered new equipment through a different vendor for $15,000 that was paid through a federal grant. It was an offer that I felt we couldn't turn down."

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