Probate judge plans to put voting machines under watch in Morgan
By Sheryl Marsh
Morgan County Probate Judge Greg Cain plans to secure a room with cameras at the transportation building that stores voting machines.
Cain plans to place the county’s voting machines under around-the-clock surveillance. The County Commission approved advertising for bids for a security system for the room at the Morgan County Area Transportation System building.
Cain said some of the equipment will come from the data processing office and the county will purchase the other.
He explained that the cameras will videotape each person who enters the room.
“It will be 24-7 surveillance,” said Cain. “The cameras will pick up when a person enters and exits the room, and what they do while there.”
In addition, Cain said, each person will have a card to swipe in a machine that will show dates and times.
That will be for the only accessible door to the room. Burglar alarms will be placed on a bay door and an emergency exit door. These doors are not accessible from the outside.
“If someone tries to enter from the outside, the alarms will go off,” Cain said. “We are doing this to protect the integrity of our machines. It’s not because somebody has done something. This is just another security measure.”
Cardholders at this time include Cain, his chief clerk, sales tax director Ed Sims and an employee in his office.
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