The Lyon County Clerk’s Office acquired new voting equipment in preparation for a primary election on May 17, 2022.

Lyon County Clerk Lori Duff said 17 election voting machines were purchased for $108,236. She noted the previous technology was more than 10 years old, making it unreliable.

“It’s 100% paper ballots, that’s the beauty of this new election equipment,” she said.

The operation of the new election equipment is supported by an election service contract with Harp Enterprises Inc.

“We’re going back to normal precinct voting,” Duff explained.

During last year’s election, a voting center at Lyon County Schools combined the county’s six voting precincts, however, next year’s primary election is returning to normal precinct voting sites.

Early voting for the primary election in May will span three days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before election day.

Duff said House Bill 574 “gives us the flexibility of doing things that we couldn’t do before but it still goes back to election law.”

The bill revised election statutes during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Its purpose is to increase voter turnout while instituting cautionary measures during pandemic conditions.

Although the county is responsible for the voting equipment expenditure, the State Board of Elections is offering reimbursement opportunities, Duff noted.

The 2020 general election resulted in a 64% voter turnout, a record high for the county. Duff said her office registers voters daily throughout the year.

Based on the 2020 Decennial Census results, she anticipates some minor redistricting because the northern part of the county underwent population growth.

Besides voter registration, Duff’s office is busy with primary candidate filing, which starts today and ends on Jan. 7, 2022.