The Guam Election Commission has received three bids for voting tabulators and the commission’s evaluation committee can begin reviewing the submissions. GEC Executive Director Maria Pangelinan gave commissioners an update on the machines at their meeting Thursday night. Pangelinan said she couldn’t give specifics about the bids or say which companies put in submissions. The four tabulators the GEC has now are old and outdated and caused some problems during the last election in 2012. The four tabulators are based on technology from the 1980s, according to Pacific Daily News files.
The selected bidder will provide the new system through either a lease or purchase agreement, bid documents state. The selected bidder also will provide the related software to manage the system as well as maintenance, training, ballot programming and support for the systems, the bid documents state.
Pangelinan said the evaluation committee should be able to come back with a recommendation at the commission’s next meeting, scheduled for March 27.