During the 2017 Session, the Legislature appropriated $275,000 towards a new system for electronic voting. Ideally, it will be the first of many appropriations to address Utah’s aging voting equipment. The current infrastructure has been in place for over a decade and runs off of software that is no longer supported, putting it in desperate need of a modernization. After an extensive review process, that included the state elections office and county clerks, the full cost of replacement equipment will be approximately $12 Million.
Just like a decade ago, Utah’s counties and the Lt. Governor’s Office are hopeful we can purchase voting equipment statewide rather than leaving it to each county to find their own replacement. There are several advantages to a statewide contract including economies of scale and a more extensive knowledge base to share best practices and address challenges.
UAC and the Lt. Governor’s Office are interested in a partnership with the state to cover $12 million price tag. We have already met with the Governor’s office and several key legislators to discuss this important funding item for Utah’s Counties and will continue to push in that direction. We encourage county clerks and others to follow suit as you meet with legislators and other key administrators of the State’s election process.
The State Election Office has selected ES&S Voting in an extensive bidding process to provide the equipment and county clerks and others were able to review the new equipment a couple weeks ago at the UAC Annual Convention.