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Forrest Co. gets reimbursed for replacing 233 voting machines damaged in February 2013 tornado


HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Forrest County is finally getting reimbursed for replacing 233 voting machines that were damaged in the February 2013 tornado that ripped through the area.

During Monday's Forrest County Board of Supervisors meeting, The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1L40Kco) board members acknowledged a copy of a check in the amount of $245,000 in full and final settlement of property claims made in connection with the tornado.

"(Insurance) initially wanted to give us less than $10,000 for that," board president David Hogan said. "So there was some arguing back and forth, but we were finally able to get this amount."

The board voted in November 2013 to replace the machines — which were exposed to rain after the storm damaged the roof of the county election building on East Fifth Street — at a cost of about $250,000.

"The board takes the voting process very seriously, so we wanted to get those back in there as quickly as possible, whether we got reimbursed or not," Hogan said.

The county will explore options to put the old machines up for sale.

Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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