October 30, 2009

"Costs continue for voting machines"

Intelligencer News Briefs, October 25, 2009:
Commissioners voted, 2-1, Wednesday to pay the annual fees associated with the electronic push-screen voting machines.

The county paid Electec Inc., of Mt. Holly, N.J., $72,675 in software licensing fees and $98,685 for an extended warranty on 765 machines.

Commissioners Charley Martin and Jim Cawley supported the measure; Commissioner Diane Marseglia did not.

Sandy Schiff with the Coalition for Voting Integrity told commissioners during a meeting at Crossing Vineyards in Upper Makefield the county could have saved money on annual costs if they went with another type of voting system.

Commissioner Charley Martin said ongoing costs were taken into account when a committee of county employees recommended commissioners choose the Danaher voting system in 2006.