Montrose County will not be paying more than $23,000 in costs to the print vendor whose errors triggered a hand-count and delayed by a week primary election results, including those in a tight sheriff’s race. Print vendor Integrated Voting Systems, also known as Integrated Voting Solutions, made “numerous mistakes” in printing the ballots, as well as in stuffing envelopes and mailing them, which caused “significant and irreparable damage” to the primary election here, according to a settlement agreement the Montrose County Clerk and Recorder’s Office and IVS representatives inked on Tuesday. Under the agreement, the county is only paying about $3,400 in postage costs, which settles an entire bill that would have exceeded $26,000.
“It’s good to get that behind us,” Clerk Tressa Guynes said Wednesday.
IVS printed the incorrect barcodes on ballots for the June primary, which caused every ballot submitted to register as an “over-vote,” or as having more than one box marked in a given contest. The system was not recognizing anything as a vote, Guynes said at the time.
Following the recommendation of the Colorado Secretary of State, Guynes initiated a laborious hand-count.