Nebraska Voting Machine Firm Promises Better Communication before Next Election

JULY 31, 2006 - Posted at 4:24 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Nebraska firm that helped most Arkansas counties prepare for this year's election cycle said today it would improve communication after many complained it didn't do enough to help during the May primary and June runoff.  Arkansas' Secretary of State, Charlie Daniels, contracted with Election Systems and Software (ES&S) to prepare materials for this year's elections.  Many counties say they received materials late and had very little contact with ES&S.  At a news conference today, ES&S said it would improve communication.

Meanwhile, Daniels' office has said it would look into renogiating terms with ES&S, as suggested by a review committee.  Arkansas had agreed to pay ES&S more than $15 million for election support services.

In some cases, counties took days to report vote totals from the May 23 primaries.  Also, early voting for the June 13 runoff was delayed.

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