Election machine bid accepted
Polk County’s Election Commission voted to accept a $140,000 bid from RBM for new voting machines.
Polk County’s Election Commission voted to accept a $140,000 bid from RBM for new voting machines. A bid from Dominion came in for nearly twice the cost. RBM will be on hand for two elections to ensure election officers are able to use the equipment. The current system being used will garner $13,200 in trade-in value.
The RBM bid includes 15 Openelect (OVO) units including ballot boxes, 14 ADA-certified units including ADA keypad and headset, transport media, one-year warranty, and one-year firmware license for all the equipment. A network tabulator system will include a Dell laptop election server, laser printer, cabling and operating service.
Commissioner Mac York said he liked the Dominion system better but the cost was too high. He suggested taking a week or so to look over both proposals to see what the Dominion system got them for so much more money. Pete Davis said taking a few days to go over it would be alright with him. Ron O’Neil made a motion to accept the RBM bid. He said both companies had to submit bids to the same specifications and pointed out one good thing with the RBM proposal was that ballots could be printed anywhere and there was no copyright fee for them. The county is required to have 104% of all possible needed ballots on hand for each election. Deputy Administrator Nathan Hitson said the ballots would work in the same way they work now.
Election Administrator Steve Gaddis said he like a vote as soon as possible in order to turn it in to the state and said the bottom line was what they would be able to afford. DBM Representative Todd Mullin said it was his understanding the state would provide counties $10,000 per precinct and $10,000 for early voting.
O’Neal, Davis, and Bill Frady voted to accept the bid from DBM. York and Freeman Curbow passed.
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