Clarksburg, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is set to deliver a check for an $87,000 loan to the Harrison County Clerk’s Office.
The zero interest loan, which must be repaid within five years, will be used to purchase new optical scan voting machines. The purchase is part of Harrison County’s goal to have a single type of voting system.
The State Election Commission, of which Secretary Tennant is one of five members, approved the loan in June.
West Virginia is unique in that it chose to use Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds to implement a revolving loan fund set up by the Secretary of State’s Office. This fund was established to maximize the available HAVA funds by providing the zero interest loan program to assist counties in purchasing voting equipment.
Secretary Tennant said Friday future loans from the fund will be zero interest as well.
More than $2.8 million has been loaned from the fund since 2006. The remaining money in the fund generates interest, which means as time goes by more and more money will be available to be loaned to the counties.