The Guam Election Commission wants to have new voting tabulators for this year’s elections and now is one step closer to that goal. The commission released an invitation for bids on Feb. 19 for a central count voting system with software and professional services, according to the bid documents. The bids are due by March 14, said Maria Pangelinan, the commission executive director. That’s a system capable of counting voting results from multiple precincts at a single location. During the 2012 General Election, the GEC had problems with at least three of its four tabulators.
Those problems drew attention to the age of the machines, and GEC has since looked at whether it would be feasible to keep using them, Pangelinan said. The four tabulators are based on technology from the 1980s, according to Pacific Daily News files.
Pangelinan said the commission decided it would be too costly to repair the old machines and asked the staff to gather information to purchase new tabulator machines. The commission is looking to award a bid for new voting tabulators by March 20, according to the document.