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April 3, 2013

Decision on Floyd County voting machines questioned

Company’s move to vote centers in 2014 prompts talk over contract



While cost was considered in picking a company to purchase the new machines from, there were also other factors, she said. ES&S, which has its federal certification, is waiting for its 2005 state certification from Ball State, which it is in line to receive in July. RBM already has its state certification.

Steve Bush, president of the Floyd County Commissioners, said a decision had to be made in December since the new machines had to be ordered and workers and the public trained prior to the 2014 election.

“We want to move toward vote centers because they will make it more efficient for the public to vote,” Bush said.

While Kraft and Burton didn’t ask the commissioners to reconsider the contract agreement they signed with RBM, they wanted the special meeting in order to express their concerns with the process.

“I think we could have provided substantial savings,” Burton said. “I think this will hinder the county in the future.”

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