The company that inaccurately printed 25,000 ballots for Montrose County’s primary election has been suspended from conducting business in California for unpaid taxes and is also delinquent in filing required paperwork with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Integrated Voting Solutions, based in California, owes that state almost $5,000 in unpaid taxes and was suspended from legally transacting business in the state in June 2017. According to records from California’s Franchise Tax Board, which collects state personal income and corporate income taxes, IVS cannot defend itself in court or maintain the right to use its name for business purposes in California until it pays the taxes and is no longer suspended. The company also faces a $2,000 penalty per tax year for failing to file its tax returns, according to the tax board. IVS remains on the California secretary of state’s list of approved ballot vendors issued in January, despite the suspension. It initially registered with the state in 2004.
Montrose County was one of 24 Colorado counties that used IVS’s services for the primary election, according to Marie Cramer, vice president of sales for the company’s Denver office. The county is hand-counting more than 10,000 ballots received by Tuesday’s primary election because IVS delivered the wrong ballots to voters, printed from an old version of the ballot they were supposed to destroy.
The company’s required business paperwork is delinquent in Colorado, according to secretary of state business records. IVS also has registered its printing operations in Ohio and Florida, though it remains headquartered in California.