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17. State checks voting-machine firms' backgrounds


State checks voting-machine firms' backgrounds

By MARSHA SHULER
mshuler@theadvocate.com
Capitol news bureau

State elections officials are doing background checks on companies vying for a nearly $50 million voting machine contract -- a requirement of the selection process.

As they submitted proposals, the five companies seeking the contract had to supply three years of audited financial statements, information concerning business-related criminal records of their employees, and lawsuits filed against the firm.

"They are a cutthroat industry. Each one sends us information of an unsavory nature about each other regularly," First Assistant Secretary of State Al Ater said.

Ater said the state Attorney General's Office is looking at legal problems of firms and their employees to determine their severity.

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http://2theadvocate.com/stories/061105/pol_voting001.sh...

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