The annual meeting began with Chief Judge Kate Gorman swearing in newly reappointed Commissioners Matt Bartolo and James Manning. New officers included Jim Manning as chairman, Mark Ketterer as vice-chairman, Sandra Burke as treasurer, and Matt Bartolo as secretary.
Executive Director Tom Bride gave an update on the Request for Proposal for a new voting system. He has received valuable feedback from the county’s IT department. He is trying not to have it look like they are after a particular company. He expects to send out the Request within a week. During the next two weeks, he expects to be answering questions, and should be getting proposals in a month. Staff and the County will then go over them before a recommendation is brought to the Board. Final payment should be made after the June 28 election to ensure that the system works as projected. Funding for the system comes from the County’s capital fund, not the Commission’s budget.
Placement of voting drop boxes was deferred until next month. Director Bride wants to hold discussions with party leaders as to placement of the boxes. He prefers to have them located in public buildings.
Under New Business, Dr. Pinto announced that he will be moving from the area this fall. Judge Gorman is aware of this and will need to name a replacement for him.
Under Public Comment, Director Bride very capably explained to a skeptical observer that no voting systems in the United States are connected to the internet.
Irene Pritzker, Observer
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