The Secretary of State’s Office says that three companies have submitted bids to provide new voting machines to the state.
A request for proposal was recently released by the state calling for the replacement of early voting and election day voting machines. The deadline for submissions for the RFP, according to a press release, was May 1.
The companies who have submitted bids include Dominion Voting Systems Corp., Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) and Hart InterCivic, Inc.
The Secretary of State’s office hopes to replace approximately 10,000 voting machines with smaller, more secure, touchscreen models that provide a voter-verified paper receipt. Receipts, according to the release, will enhance post-election recounts or audits when necessary.
The last purchase of voting equipment occurred back in 2005 with federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) dollars. According to the release, Congress recently approved $5.889 million in additional funds to be used for voting technology improvements.
The Secretary of State’s Office says that the finalized award for the bid will be announced June 20, 2018.