OMAHA, Neb., March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- To better meet the needs of their nearly 250,000 combined registered voters, ten counties in Tennessee have made the decision to move forward with confidence and replace their direct record electronic (DRE) voting systems upgrading to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and Tennessee certified Election Systems & Software (ES&S) ExpressVote® Universal Voting System and DS200® precinct-based scanner and tabulator.
While their existing voting systems were withstanding the test of time, like many counties across the U.S., election officials in Chester, Decatur, Hardin, Lincoln, McNairy, Moore, Pickett, Sevier, Weakley and Wilson County were ready to put away the challenges associated with their older technology and find a solution that simplified election management while improving voter confidence and experience at the polls.
"Security, confidence and a paper record … that's what many election officials and voters across the country are telling us they want. The ExpressVote and DS200 bring value to everyone involved in the election process from the voters to the election officials to the poll workers. This proven configuration puts our customers in a position to effectively manage their elections," Cam Wilson, ES&S Regional Sales Manager said.
Each of these ten County's forward-thinking Election Commissions, conducted detailed and comprehensive, competitive Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP process, which was designed to make purchasing their election equipment more transparent, orderly, comparable and fair, included careful analysis of the RFP responses and on-site demonstrations from multiple vendors. Each county fully evaluated each bidder's adherence to the terms of the county's RFP, the quality of the technology and services, and the cost to the county. All ten RFP evaluations confirmed that ES&S would deliver the best equipment, service, and value for the county and their voters.
"The team at ES&S has been great to work with through our transition of voting systems. We are confident that this system will create an easier and more positive voting experience for the citizens of Chester County," Kathy Vest, Chester County Administrator of Elections said.
The ExpressVote and DS200 have proven to be a secure and easy configuration for every age of voter to understand and use; fast for both voters and election officials; the most economical; and most important, give people a sense of confidence that their votes will be secure. The ADA compliant ExpressVote provides the best of both worlds with touch-screen technology and a voter-verifiable paper record. The DS200, like all ES&S tabulation equipment, includes physical security features to secure sensitive components and election files. The DS200 operating system controls, limits and detects unauthorized access to all critical data. The system also includes safeguards that help protect sensitive data and verify authenticity.
"Sevier County is looking forward to continuing our partnership with ES&S and very excited to be using a new voting system that provides the best of electronic and paper-based voting! It was important for us to work with a reliable company, which builds systems that have a positive impact on parts of the election process. We are confident that our staff, the voters, and the poll workers will love the new system," Ed Kuncitis, Sevier County Administrator of Elections said.
ABOUT ES&S: Election Systems & Software's visionary approach to election equipment, software and solutions has helped improve the voting experience throughout North America for nearly 40 years. We are committed to developing integrated voting solutions that improve the marketplace and are flexible enough to meet multiple jurisdictions' needs and voter preferences. Learn more about ES&S at www.essvote.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/essvote.
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