Dominion Voting Systems tapped as uniform provider pending negotiations

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                                                                                      Lynn Bartels



Secretary of State Wayne Williams looks to Dominion after nearly three years of study on voting systems

DENVER, Dec. 22, 2015 -- Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced today his office will enter into contract negotiations with Dominion Voting Systems as Colorado moves toward a uniform voting system.

Dominion was the top choice of a committee looking at voting options for the state. The Pilot Election Review Committee, or PERC, evaluated four different voting systems piloted in eight Colorado counties for the Nov. 3 election.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the individuals who served on the committee," Williams said. "The committee's recommendation for Dominion played a significant role in my decision."

He also reviewed extensive data from each company to assess the financial health and sustainability of the four system providers.

Williams noted that Colorado has been evaluating a uniform voting system for nearly three years. While serving as El Paso County clerk and recorder, he was appointed to a committee reviewing the issue and he continued the effort after taking office as secretary of state in January.

"I appreciate the time and effort by the committee, the vendors, the participating county clerks and my staff," Williams said.

The other three firms involved in the pilot project were Clear Ballot, ES&S and Hart InterCivic. Dominion piloted its equipment in Denver and Mesa counties; Clear Ballot in Adams and Gilpin counties; ES&S in Jefferson and Teller counties; and Hart in Douglas and Garfield counties.

Williams personally visited every pilot county, talking with county clerks and their staffs about the pros and cons of each system.

"The common-sense approach requires that Colorado's next voting system be easy to use for voters, cost effective for counties and be both trusted and verifiable," the secretary said.

At this stage, the choice of Dominion affects only the counties that have decided to acquire new equipment to run their elections in 2016. Other counties may delay implementation and use existing equipment.

Information about the Pilot Election Review Committee, including evaluation data and audio and video recordings of meetings, is available online at the Secretary of State's website.

Members of the Pilot Election Review Committee are:

  • Chuck Broerman – El Paso County clerk and recorder
  • Donetta Davidson – former executive director, Colorado County Clerks Association; former member, Uniform Voting System Advisory Committee; former commissioner of the Election Assistance Commission; former Colorado Secretary of State; former clerk and recorder of Arapahoe and Bent counties
  • Connie Ingmire – member, UVS Advisory Committee; former Morgan County clerk and recorder
  • Jennifer Levin – program Coordinator, Disability Law Colorado; member, UVS Advisory Committee
  • Steve Moreno – Weld County commissioner at-large; member of the board of directors of the Election Center; former Weld County clerk and recorder and chief deputy clerk
  • Teak Simonton – Eagle County clerk and recorder
  • Clarissa Thomas – member and chairperson, UVS Public Participation Panel
  • Dwight Shellman – county support manager, State Elections Division