SOUTH BEND -- Intentional or not, a request for proposals to provide a
voting system capable of accommodating a vote center election in the
county appears to favor one particular vendor over others, The Tribune
Approved by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners March 6, the
request, drafted by the county Elections Board, requires that the
system conform to the federal Elections Assistance Commission's 2005
Voluntary Voting System Guidelines.
According to the EAC's website, Unisyn OpenElect, of which RBM
Consulting is the exclusive dealer in Indiana, is the only system that
currently meets that standard.
As a result, RBM would appear to be the only vendor capable of meeting
the county's requirements for the system.
That said, three vendors -- RBM, Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas, and
ES&S of Omaha, Neb. -- responded to the county's request for proposals
Tuesday, the deadline to do so.
The Board of Commissioners accepted all three proposals and turned
them over to the Elections Board for review.
It is unknown at this point why the Elections Board decided to require