Trumbull County Board of Elections members are looking to save a few dollars next year.
Being considered is an idea to opt out of a maintenance agreement the board has for its electronic voting machines. The board would take a look at the idea only if opting out is even an option they have legally and if they would be allowed to come back in if they want in the future.
The board's legal adviser, the county prosecutor's office, has been asked to review the matter, said elections board director Kelly Pallante.
Early talks about the proposal began last week when Pallante presented the board members a preliminary 2014 budget. It was Republican board member Ron Knight who raised the question that generated some interest from the other three members.
Knight suggested dropping the maintenance agreement in the future and when a machine breaks, put one of the extra machines the board has into service.
If the board is satisfied with the answers it receives about opting out and opting in, and follows through, the savings would be more than $46,000 next year.
''That might be an area where we can save, just pull from stock,'' said board chairman Democrat Mark Alberini.
The board has 841 voting machines in service. Those are machines used at the polls on Election Day, spare units in case a machine at a polling location fails and units used for poll worker training, Pallante said. There are 126 spare machines
The $48,299 maintenance fee for 2013 already has been paid. The fee does not apply to the spare machines.
The software licensing agreement cannot be dropped, and the maintenance agreement for the board's scanner is not part of the discussion.
A close vote on a levy for Brookfield Schools was even closer when the elections board certified the results from the May 7 election last week.
Ahead by three votes after Election Day, the levy was declared a winner by just one single, solitary vote.
Elections board deputy director Jodi Fiorenzo Dibble said at the meeting where the board certified the election, ''For all those people who say their vote doesn't count...,'' but she didn't finish the sentence, so I will . . . your vote does count.
The closeness of the vote triggered an automatic recount. It will happen Monday. Usually nothing changes; the last time there was a change was in 2000 during a partial recount of the presidential race.
The recount will go down like this: One Democrat and Republican team will recount the paper ballots and another team will recount the tape from the electronic voting machines. The totals will then be compared to the official count to make sure they match.