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Saturday, 31 March 2018 10:25

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Clayton and Teresa Hoover, left, talk to a representative from one of the vendors at the election equipment demonstration Thursday night in the Seward County Administration Building. L&T photo/Robert Pierce

By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times

The Seward County Clerk’s office recently sought input on new election equipment for the county from the public.
Monday, the county commission is scheduled to hear from County Clerk Stacia Long at its regular meeting and vote on which of three vendors the equipment will be bought from.
Seward County’s current election equipment has been in use for well more than 20 years, with the exception of the purchase of touch screens in 2004.
These were acquired when the county was required by federal law to provide all election information in both English and Spanish.
“While the current equipment still works fine, it is becoming more difficult to replace or repair,” information in Monday’s agenda packet said.
There are currently three certified election vendors in the state or Kansas, and all three submitted bids.
Henry M. Adkins & Son’s Unisyn equipment came with a price tag of just more than $93,000. A bid from Election Source was nearly $130,000, and ES&S put in a bid of nearly $116,000.
A total of $130,000 has been budgeted for the equipment in the clerk’s office’s capital improvement plan budget.
The item is pending board approval. Staff has two recommendations in regards to the item.
1. Request waiver of the county’s purchasing policy, since there are only three possible vendors and all three participated in the public demonstration process and provided bids.
2. Request approval to purchase the Unisyn equipment from Henry M. Adkins & Son in the amount of $93,000 to come out of county equipment.
Monday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.

 

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