New voting system equipment for the state of Arkansas has been selected, but Mississippi County will likely not implement the new paper ballot system until November 2016. Secretary of State Mark Martin has chosen Election Systems & Software (ES&S) as the vendor for any state-purchased integrated voting system equipment going forward. This announcement comes after months of evaluation and analysis and input from state and county officials.
“Sixty percent of votes cast nationwide in the last general election were cast using equipment from ES&S. They are uniquely positioned to fulfill any requirement that we have and do so in a timely manner,” said Secretary Martin.
Full statewide implementation, however, will not occur at this time. Four counties (Boone, Columbia, Garland, and Sebastian) have been chosen to participate in a pilot program in which all voting equipment will be replaced and appropriate training conducted in time for the 2016 Primary Election in March. The pilot program will be funded solely by the Secretary of State.