Saturday, August 23, 2014

Maryland's State Board of Elections Releases RFP for New Voting System

In 2007 Maryland's General Assembly voted unanimously to replace our paperless touch-screen voting units with a system that enables voters to mark paper ballots and scan them in the polling place to tabulate votes. Voters who are unable to mark a paper ballot by hand or who prefer to use a touch-screen interface will be able to use a ballot-marking machine that prints out a paper ballot for scanning. This system provides an independent paper record of voter intent that can be used to recount close elections and to audit election results. It will be used starting in 2016.

Maryland's State Board of Elections recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new voting equipment. The RFP closes September 9, 2014. Oral Presentations will be heard (approx) September 29 to October 3, 2014.