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Commissioners award two voter registration contracts



Published: Thu, August 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The county is in litigation with the original vendor.

WARREN -- It will cost Trumbull County $247,499 for a new voter registration system to replace one that didn't meet local and state election officials' expectations.

County commissioners awarded two contracts for the system Wednesday.

One contract is for $237,263.72 to Data Information Management Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Diebold, Roseville, Calif.

Data Information/Diebold was the only bidder to provide the new registration system for the board of elections. The contract is for five years and the county will make installment payments. The first installment will be $66,547.60; the annual maintenance/license fees for the second through fifth years will be $42,679.03 each year.

The other contract is for $10,235.65 to CDW-G of Chicago. CDW-G will take care of the hardware and software needed.

All counties must link up with the secretary of state's office to be in compliance with the Helping America Vote Act.

Previous contract

The county had hired Diverse Integrated Systems Inc., of Modesto, Calif., last year to make the county's voter registration database link up. The company was paid $16,000 to provide that bridge service.

Commissioners and elections board, however, have filed a lawsuit in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court naming DIS as the defendant.

According to the lawsuit, in October the bridge crashed and would not operate, and DIS was unable to fix the problem. The lawsuit further notes that DIS lost its certification and is still not certified to do business in Ohio.

Because of this situation, the county was forced to seek bids and hire a certified voter registration vendor to install a bridge program and install a new county voter registration system program, the lawsuit says.

The county's legal action seeks in excess of $25,000 in compensatory damages.




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