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ROV invites public to weigh-in on new voting equipment
April 9, 2019
SOLANO COUNTY – The Solano County Registrar of Voters will host two voting system demonstrations – including a morning and an evening session – on Tuesday, April 16 at the County Administration Center, located at 675 Texas Street in Fairfield. The public is invited to interact with, test out and weigh-in on new voting equipment the County is considering for purchase for the 2020 election.
"An opportunity like this doesn't happen all that often," says John Gardner, Solano County’s Assistant Registrar of Voters. “This is a chance for the public to preview different types of voting equipment and to have a say in what the County selects as its next voting tabulation system.”
On February 27, 2019, the Solano County Registrar of Voters (ROV), along with several other California counties, received a letter from the California Secretary of State, Office of Voting Systems Technology, stating their existing voting tabulation equipment had been decertified. The letter made clear that existing voting systems are at or near the end of their life expectancy, with some voting system vendors no longer making replacement parts or providing support. All existing voting equipment would need to be replaced, with new equipment certified by August, 2019 – well before the start of the 2020 election.
At their March 26 Board meeting, County Supervisors authorized the ROV to apply for $1.4 million dollars in grant funding from the Secretary of State to help pay for new voting equipment and to initiate a Request for Proposal (RFP), giving equipment manufacturers the opportunity to bid on replacing the County’s existing voting equipment. The total cost of replacing the County’s voting equipment will be determined once a vendor is selected.
The April 16 public voting system demonstrations will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon) and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and includes a reception, equipment setup overview, opening the polls, accessible voting demonstration, ballot scanning, on-demand ballot printer, integration with County e-rosters, emergency procedures, closing the polls, tearing down equipment and question and answer session.
“Public input accounts for 10 percent of the RFP score,” Gardner says, “meaning the feedback we receive will help determine the voting equipment Solano County residents use for the foreseeable future.”
Everyone is welcome. All public input is anonymous. No need to RSVP, simply show up. For more information call the ROV at (707) 784-6675 or visit www.SolanoCounty.com and click Registrar of Voters.