N. Utah Officials Will Observe Georgia Voting

N. Utah Officials Will Observe Georgia Voting

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Box Elder, Cache, Davis and Weber counties are sending representatives to observe Georgia's primary election.

Georgia uses an electronic voting system akin to one being adopted in Utah.

Under the federal Help America Act, electronic voting must be fully implemented in every state by 2006.

Michael Cragun, director of the state Elections Office, also will make the Aug. 28-31 trip.

"The most important thing that I want to get is information on how to update Utah laws," said Cragun. "It will be valuable."

Georgia has been having elections since 2000 with an electronic-voting system made by Diebold Inc. The machines planned for Utah also are from Diebold.

Farmington will be a pilot city for municipal elections this fall on the new system and Brigham City has been identified as a possible site.

LuAnn Adams, Box Elder County Treasurer will be traveling with Keith Keller, an information-systems tech for Box Elder, to observe how the units are taken out of storage, how they are set up and the election process in Georgia.

"We're going to watch a real election and we will have hands-on training," Adams said. "We will observe the practices that they already have in place."

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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