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Georgia Wastes No Time Seeking Bids For New Voting System

State officials are asking interested companies to submit bids outlining how much it will cost to buy, install, and operate some 30,000 touch screen terminals.
State officials are asking interested companies to submit bids outlining how much it will cost to buy, install, and operate some 30,000 touch screen terminals.
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Georgia is seeking a vendor to replace its outdated voting machines even though Gov. Brian Kemp has yet to offer sign the authorization into law.

Georgia’s Secretary of State’s office dropped a formal Request for Proposals at 4:59 Friday afternoon — just a day after lawmakers passed a bill authorizing a new, state-wide voting system.

State officials are asking interested companies to submit bids outlining how much it will cost to buy, install, and operate some 30,000 touch screen terminals, complete with printers capable of producing paper receipts. The application includes 20 attachments and asks for answers to more than 100 questions, including requesting proof their systems are working in other states and that security safeguards are in place.

Those companies, however, must act quickly. The successful vendor must be ready to test its system in 10 Georgia counties by this November, with all 159 counties coming online in time for the 2020 presidential primary.

There’s a handsome reward for the victor. The state’s payout for the decade-long contract is an estimated $150 million.

The deadline for proposals is April 23.