Morgan Board of Elections updating disaster protocols

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By Nick Nunn staff writer

The Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) discussed plans to update their emergency protocols in the event that information needs to be removed from the Elections and Registration office.

During the December meeting of the BOER, David Moore and Avery Jackson were appointed by BOER Chair George Holt to look into updating emergency plans for the building. Moore stated that he and Jackson were not able to get together during the month and work toward completing those plans but that he had thought of several ideas for emergency preparedness.

First on Moore’s list was moving equipment away from elevated water pipes in case the pipes freeze or burst and ruin electrical equipment. He also said that they should work on backing up their digital information regularly.

Sue DoorenBos, deputy registrar, stated that the office’s digital information is regularly backed-up onto an external hard drive that remains in the office at all times. Moore also mentioned that the new polling locations need to be inspected for suitability during emergencies and proposed that the BOER look into backup sites.

Moore proposed that a set of protocols also be created in the event that DoorenBos or Bobby Howington, election supervisor, become unexpectedly unavailable during an election date.

Howington and DoorenBos stated that the redistricting models for the next elections are almost complete and should be done by Friday, Jan. 24, at the latest. After the models are complete, new precinct cards will be sent out to Morgan County voters.

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