A San Diego-based company wants the DuPage County Election Commission to rebid a contract for electronic poll books after claiming the agency didn’t give it a fair opportunity to compete for the work. Votec Corp. filed a protest with the county’s procurement office after the election commission decided in November to award Hart InterCivic a nearly $500,000 contract to supply the commission with computerized logs to check in voters at the polls. In its protest, Votec claims the election commission “violated and/or failed to adhere to” its procurement ordinance. “They (Votec) feel that the process was not a truly full and open competition,” said Jim Rome, an attorney representing the company.
But Robert Saar, executive director of the election commission, issued a written statement on Wednesday where he said the commission “stands by its selection of a vendor” for the electronic poll books.
“The books were purchased in late 2014 and some will be piloted for use in the April municipal elections,” Saar said.
As part of its $499,000 deal with Hart InterCivic, the commission will receive services that include software installation and maintenance over a four-year period.