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Nassau switches vote-machine contractors


Nassau has switched voting-machine suppliers after a series of difficulties.
The county is contracting with Election Systems and Software to provide about 1,300 optical scanners and 450 handicapped-accessible ballot-marking devicese, according to Bill Biamonte, the Democratic elections commissioner.
“New York State and Nassau county are faced with the prospect of full (implementation of) HAVA (Help Americans Vote Act) in 2010,” Biamonte said. “Commissioner (John) DeGrace and I thought it prudent to go with a company that’s more experienced and has more of a track record.”
The overall contract is due to cost “a little over $9 million,” Biamonte said, all of which comes out of federal HAVA funds.
The county had been dealing with Dominion Voting Systems, he said.


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