New election vendor contracted by Johnson Co.

Election

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Johnson County Board and Election Commissioners on Monday dismissed the software vendor that caused system crashes which resulted in thousands of voters waiting in line for hours for last year’s November 6 election.

The Johnson County Commissioners voted to adopt county election board recommendations to terminate its contract with Omaha-based Election Systems and Software (ES&S). An investigation concluded that the company was not properly set up for the high turn out on election day. It was also determined that ES&S violated Indiana election law by setting up voting sites and not having them able to communicate with each other over the computer system.

County officials will contract with a company called KnowInk for 90 new electronic poll books for the 2019 primary election. The contract is expected to cost $166,000 and should be up and running by the election on May 7.

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