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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Aurora goes high-tech.

BACKGROUND

In February, Council authorized staff to proceed with the release of a Request for Proposal for the acquisition of an automated system for the tabulation of election results in the Municipal Elections in November. The RFP was issued on March 21, 2003 with a closing date of April 24, 2003. Proposals were received from the following companies:

Diebold Election Systems Inc.
Dominion Voting Systems
Election.com
Election Systems and Software

As outlined in the February report (Attachment #1), staff recommended the implementation of two types of automated systems for the forthcoming elections namely electronic tabulation units for the counting of hand marked ballots that would be utilized on the regular election day, and touch screen units that would be available at the advance voting days for all voters including those with visual disabilities. The RFP also included a provision for the acquisition of reporting software for the presentation of election results in the Council Chambers on election night. In addition to the purchase option, companies were encouraged to provide alternative options as part of their proposals including equipment rental for one election, and a lease to purchase proposal.

Maybe they know all about the pitfalls of e-voting tech. Maybe not.
The fact there don't seem to be any Canadian standards isn't helping any.

From Town of Aurora General Committee Meeting - Tuesday, June 3, 2003.
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