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A New Voting System for Travis County

Official Release
(November 9, 2017 Austin, TX)





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2017


A New Voting System for Travis County


On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new voting system for Travis County. This RFP is the result of the efforts of the County Clerk and her staff, in collaboration with Travis County voters, and members of the national election-systems community. Responses to the RFP are due Dec 19, 2017, and we expect the new system to be available for use in the 2020 Presidential election.

The initial goal for Travis County was to build a customized voting system (STAR-Vote) that included highly-specialized security and accessibility features not currently available in the marketplace, coupled with off-the-shelf hardware to realize cost savings. Unfortunately, we were unable to advance that model. The RFP released today is the logical next step.

The County Clerk and her team engaged in a considerable study of election security methods while developing the requirements for the STAR-Vote system. That work is reflected in this RFP. The Clerk's Office has identified the must-have security and accessibility features, and have included them, with the goal of acquiring an election system that maximizes the best in current technology. In spite of the fact that the next election system used in Travis County will likely come from the traditional proprietary model, the Clerk feels she has challenged the vendor community with this procurement. "The election marketplace is on notice that we will accept nothing less than a state-of-the-art, secure, accessible election system for Travis County voters," said County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir.

Travis County Voters currently utilize the eSlate voting system, a product of Hart Intercivic. It was acquired in 2001 and first used in November of 2001. Since then, the eSlate was used in every election in Travis County.

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Because this is an open procurement, the County Clerk's Office is unable to provide comment beyond the contents of this release. Interested parties may register with the Travis County Purchasing Office via their BidSync system in order to obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal document.

Additional questions should be directed to Assistant Purchasing Agent Lori Clyde ? Lori.Clyde@traviscountytx.gov.

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