Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Voting System To Be Implemented

Voting machine showing  ballot

Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax has announced that Hart InterCivic, Inc., of Austin, Texas, has been awarded a contract to implement Oklahoma's new statewide voting system. 

Ziriax said. "Hart InterCivic received the highest overall scores in the evaluation process and also provided the lowest cost. Hart's bid presents the best value for the taxpayers, and we are very excited about working with Hart on this very important project," he said.

The new voting system will be installed throughout all 77 counties in time for the 2012 elections, and Oklahoma will continue to use paper ballots and scanners with the new system, similar to the current statewide system that Oklahoma has used for nearly two decades.

"Oklahoma has the best voting system in the country, and we believe we're about to get even better. Thanks to the upgrades in technology, we will be able to improve security, increase efficiency, and provide more accessibility for voters - all while maintaining the reliability and accuracy that have become the hallmark of elections in Oklahoma," Ziriax stated.

The state's Central Purchasing department received five (5) responses to the State Election Board's request for proposal for a new voting system. After the Phase 1 evaluation process, two of the vendors were chosen to participate in Phase 2 vendor presentations. After the evaluation of Phase 2 was completed, Hart InterCivic was requested to bring a best and final offer, which was determined to be the best value for the State of Oklahoma.

The award amount will be up to $16,695,590.00 - which includes the initial costs associated with purchasing and installing the new voting system, as well as locking in future prices for spare parts, software license agreements, training, and optional products.

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