Jamestown Public Schools Approves Use Of Optical Scan Ballot For May Election

The Jamestown Public Schools will transition to the Chautauqua County Board of Elections’ paper ballot optical scan voting system, according to election commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram.

Jamestown joins Bemus Point, Cassadaga Valley, Ripley, Forestville and Panama central schools using the county’s optical scan paper ballot voting machine service.

“The school district clerk remains the chief election officer for the May 21, 2013, school elections,” Abram said. “Our job is to create ballots, program voting machine scanners, hire and train election inspectors, set up the poll sites and to provide professional election assistance.”

Extra services that the Board of Elections will be offering includes Spanish language ballots as required by federal law, translator service, ballot marking devices that allow special needs voters to vote independently, without assistance, and the opportunity for battle zone military voters to obtain ballots from the Internet.

“We think it is important that voting be uniform,” Green said. “Jamestown voters will now find the same voting system for school elections and all other elections that the county provides service for. We appreciate that Jamestown schools recognize that the county can provide extra services that are not currently available to school voters. We further appreciate the school district’s partnership with the county in our common effort to provide superior and uniform voting services.”

The Board of Elections provided the district with a 2013 estimated cost of $2,240.95 to provide election service for the 16,432 registered voters of the school district. A school official said the cost was similar to election costs in previous years.