EPIC FOIA Notes #11
January 9, 2006
No-Bid Contracts Go to Vendors with Close Ties
to Election Advisory Group
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Documents obtained by EPIC from the Election Assistance Commission
describe two no-bid contracts for work on voting system standards
given to vendors with ties to the Commission's technical
Integrity of federal voting system standards.
For decades, the development of voting technology standards and the
certification of election equipment has been controlled by a small
number of election administrators and vendors. The Help America Vote Act
was intended to replace this closed system with a new process based on
public input. However, the law limits the staff of the key government
agency. More than 40 states are receiving nearly $2 billion in federal funds
to purchase voting systems and support election administration.
The Election Assistance Commission awarding no-bid contracts to
those with ties to the agency's advisory committee could undermine
trust in the nation's election system standards development process.