Summit will decide next week whether to dismantle its election commission and outsource the job of conducting elections to county officials.
Mayor Percy Robinson outlined a number of reasons for the proposal.
“The last election we had, we counted on paper ballots,” he said, calling the process excruciatingly slow and tedious. “People out in the audience intimidated people out here counting. They can’t keep up the right count. ... We need to go to the voting machines and we need to go to it now.”
County elections officials already have electionic voting machines, Robinson noted.
Board attorney Wayne Dowdy said he reviewed state law and found that a municipality can disband its municipal election commission and enter into a contract with the Pike County Election Commission to conduct future elections.
If approved at next week’s board meeting, the municipal election commission would be defunct after July 1.
The next town elections are in 2021.
In another matter, the town council is set to vote next week on a resolution on whether to borrow $268,000 to help pay for sewer line repairs.
That money will go along with a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant and $132,000 in U.S. Army Corps of Engineer funds to pay for the work, mostly on the south side of town.
Residents in the affected areas have long complained about sewage backing up in lawns and through plumbing while lifting off manhole covers during heavy rains.
Engineers have partially blamed the problem on tree root intrusion of aging pipes.