Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Ohio Co., West Virginia, and Belmont Co., Ohio, both use ES&S iVotronic voting machines. Belmont Co. was recently presented with a contract from ES&S for programming, licensing, and maintenance. That contract was for $50,000 annually. The county turned down the contract. Ohio Co. will have to begin paying for their programming beginning in 2008 (the state has been paying the costs so far). West Virginia has a contract with a private contractor who will be doing the work that ES&S would do but the cost is $107 per precinct. For Ohio Co. the cost will be a little over $4,000 annually. It is time that our election officials realize that their friends, the vendors, are only out to make as much money as possible before they are found out. They gouge the taxpayers for their unreliable, insecure voting machines and then continue to gouge them for service contracts. The vendors have gotten fat off of the post-HAVA buying frenzy; now they have to keep feeding themselves by selling over-priced service contracts. And the vendors are only friends as long as everything is going along fine. When there is a problem they refuse to accept responsibility and nearly always blame the county, poll workers, or voters.
That story, and today's other notable voting news, linked below as usual...
- NAtional: Costs for Elections Differ in Ohio, W.Va.
- NAtional: A Call For Change
- NAtional: Paperless Voting is an Accident Waiting to Happen
- CA: Alameda County – Opinion - Election bumbling
- CA: San Mateo County - County's e-voting machines pass test
- CT: Volunteer testifies as primary fight goes on
- FL: Sarasota County - Florida Voting Machines Under Scrutiny Again
- FL: Sarasota County – Opinion - A longer look at touch-screens
GAO investigation could clear up doubts about voting technology
- IN: Marion County - Absentee Ballot Requests Up
- KY: Grayson: Time to change some voting rules
- MT: Opinion - Voting machines must be tested before and after state elections
- NC: Cary – Editorial - The count in Cary
A plan designed to eliminate the need for costly, poor-turnout runoff elections is set to be tried in Cary on Tuesday
- NY: Opinion - N.Y.'s voting fights
- PA: Lackawanna County - County still trying to reassure voters
- PA: Northampton County - County ready to rule out voting machines
- VA: Registrars say system has glitches
As next month's election looms, many say the statewide voter database is a major headache.