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Hawaii's Voting Systems Contract In Limbo PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, Verified Voting Foundation   
May 19, 2008
The status of Hawaii’s voting equipment remains in limbo after the state procuement office last week denied a request by Hawaii’s election director Kevin Cronin for an exemption that would have allowed him to proceed with a temporary voting system contract.

The dispute began when the state awarded a $43.4 million contract to Hart Intercivic to provide voting machines through the 2016 elections, with an option for the 2018 elections. Election Systems & Software (ES&S) had submitted an $18.1 million bid for the contract and had challenged the state’s decision.

The vendor’s initial appeal and request that the contract with Hart be rescinded to the state election board was rejected in March. At issue was the weight given to various factors in evaluating the two bids, which assigned the system's price as worth only 15 percent of the total proposed evaluation score.

In their complaint, ES&S contended that "Because the assigned price was so low, Hart was not disadvantaged in the scoring by its extraordinarily high price." At the time Cronin observed that protests about the weighting formula should have been made before bidding.

"ES&S did not in any manner at any time question, challenge, contest, or in any way express any concern about the ... cost price analysis or the relative weighting of pricing," Cronin wrote in his March decision.

The next avenue pursued by ES&S was through the state’s procurement office, which ruled that the Elections Office had to "perform an analysis of Hart's bid to determine whether the price was reasonable." An agreement was reached earlier this month and the challenge will likely be heard in June by a hearings officer with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

In the meantime, Cronin, expressing concern about the looming primary and general election, had returned to the procurement board to approve a temporary $9 million contract with Hart that would allow the election division to prepare for the upcoming elections, but this request was denied. "Any approval of this exemption at this time would be an act of bad faith by allowing (the elections office) to circumvent the signed agreement," the procurement office determined.

Election officials have expressed their determination to be prepared for the state’s September primary in spite of the delays. The Honolulu Star Bulletin reported:
Cronin, who only took over the duties of chief election officer in February, says he is doing his best to prepare for the elections. "We are engaged in preparations for the fall election. There are funds available with the state and counties and I anticipate that the request for approval for payment to Hart will be issued in the near future," Cronin said.

City Clerk Denise De Costa, who is in charge of elections for Honolulu, said the city has started to send out the cards notifying voters of their polling places, but that she is concerned that if a decision is not reached soon election officials will have trouble planning. "This all makes a difference because the different machines have different formatting requirements. There are just a whole bunch of activities waiting for a decision," she said.
Whichever vendor is ultimately selected,Hawaii will continue to use precinct-based optical scanners as the primary method of voting.
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