By John Gideon on 11/16/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

New Mexico county taxpayers are being plundered by ES&S for maintenance and software contracts. Roosevelt Co. paid $3,500 in the past for software upgrades and they have $500 budgeted for maintenance this year. ES&S wants $15,075 for next year. The county has only 54 optical-scan machines. These money hungry, arrogant vendors will continue raping the tax payer until we finally stand up and tell them we will not take it any more. Now is that time. New Mexico needs to run ES&S out of the state on a rail. Why can’t the state do its own maintenance? Why can’t they upgrade their own software and do their own ballot programming? Oklahoma does it all themselves and we hear very little about problems in the Sooner State. The vendors are NOT mandatory to states running successful elections. In fact, they are a detriment. ...

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