Two proposals submitted for new Manatee County voting equipment

skennedy@bradenton.comJanuary 10, 2014 

MANATEE -- Two companies have submitted proposals to supply Manatee County with new voting system equipment, training and installation, officials said Thursday.

Dominion Voting Systems of Denver is vying for the bid against Election Systems & Software LLC, of Omaha, Neb., according to information given an evaluation committee that met for the first time Thursday at County Administrative Center.

The committee, appointed by County Administrator Ed Hunzeker, will choose the bext proposal, and negotiations will begin, said Frank Lambertson, a contracts negotiator for the county purchasing division.

The committee consists of Scott Farrington, assistant supervisor of elections; Carlos Gomez, senior systems administrator for the county systems administration/operations division; and Dennis Wallace, representing the county's purchasing division, who is chairman of the committee, Lambertson said.

Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett could not be reached for comment Thursday, but has said previously he hoped to buy equipment that would eventually permit multiple early voting sites in the county for the first time.

Oral presentations, and possibly an equipment demonstration, will be scheduled in coming weeks, said Lambertson.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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