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County votes for election system

The County Commission voted to enter an agreement with Election Systems & Software, a voting system company, to maintenance county voting machines, a service that will cost an estimated $11,000.

According to County Administrator Tony Sanks, 60 percent of the cost is reimbursable through voter drive campaigns.

Maintenance is routine after every election and in preparation of special elections, like the upcoming congressional election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.

Sessions was confirmed as the United States Attorney General in February, and subsequently, resigned from the Senate.

Ex-Gov. Robert Bentley chose Luther Strange, attorney general of Alabama, to fill the seat until the special election, which he had scheduled to fall with the 2018 general election. After Bentley’s resignation, Kay Ivey, his successor, moved the special election up to Dec. 12, 2017.

Maintenance by ES&S will prepare the voting machines for the advanced election date.

In other business, the commission authorized the application of the 2018 Escambia County Area Transit’s grant.