A business that for years provided key election services to San Luis Obispo County is barred from doing business in California and has a federal tax lien of $270,000, records show. Now, San Luis Obispo County and five other California counties have contracted for the same election services with what business executives assert is a new company. But there’s evidence the two are related — if not the same business. The new business, Integrated Voting Systems, shares a working name, address and other details with the original business: Integrated Voting Solutions. And for nearly two years, Integrated Voting Systems has done business as Integrated Voting Solutions. In June, that company caused a critical ballot error that required a recount in a Colorado county, leading to news stories that linked the company to the one in “hot water” in California.
That prompted the California Secretary of State’s Office to question if the business is putting upcoming elections at risk — and demand a response.
The response the state got was a denial from an attorney for Integrated Voting Systems that the business has any affiliation with Integrated Voting Solutions, saying the companies “are not related in any way,” as well as criticism of the news stories.
San Luis Obispo County officials said they plan to stick with the vendor for now, but they’ve secured backup in case something goes wrong before November.