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Delaware may award voting machine contract before releasing bid info

Delaware Department of Elections

The Delaware Office of Management and Budget has requested $10 million for new state voting machines.

But the state has not released any bid information on the vendors competing for the contract. OMB previously said it would keep the info private until it awarded the contract.

Common Cause Delaware decried the lack in transparency and the Delaware Attorney General sided with them last month, saying OMB has to release the bid rankings.

But OMB Director Mike Jackson said he won’t make the data available until mid July.

“So, we will comply, it’s just a matter of working with the Attorney General’s Office to make sure we’re complying in a way that is appropriate,” he said.

Jackson said he doesn’t know if the contract will be awarded before the bid data becomes publicly available.

Common Cause Program Director Jennifer Hill said they want the data before that to allow the public to know what a new voting system might look like and cost.

The governor’s office had no comment.

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