MASON CITY - The computer software developed by Cerro Gordo County continues to draw interest from counties throughout the state.
The Precinct Atlas program, developed under the direction of Auditor Ken Kline, provides precinct election officials with step-by-step instructions on how to properly administer elections.
Supervisors approved memorandums of understanding with 18 more counties Monday, bring the total to 24 this month that have expressed interest.
The documentation allows the counties to contract with Cerro Gordo County for software maintenance and related functions.
Counties approved Monday are Buchanan, Buena Vista, Cedar, Cherokee, Clay, Clinton, Davis, Hardin, Iowa, Monona, Monroe, Sac, Shelby, Wapello, Warren, Winnebago, Worth and Wright.
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Kline told supervisors other counties have expressed interest and have it on their agendas this week to consider similar agreements with Cerro Gordo County.
Supervisors also approved Kline's request to set up a new department within the auditor's office to oversee the necessary office work.
The Precinct Atlas agreements with other counties comes at no cost to Cerro Gordo County, according to Supervisor Bob Amosson. Funds received from other counties will be used to support the program, he said.