Board of Elec­tions an­nounces print­ing con­tract for mail-In bal­lots

The Dundalk Eagle - - MARYLAND. WORKS -

The Mary­land State Board of Elec­tions an­nounced to­day that North Mankato, Min­nesota-based Tay­lor Cor­po­ra­tion will pro­duce and mail bal­lots for the 2020 Gen­eral Elec­tion.

The com­pany will pro­vide up to 4 mil­lion bal­lot pack­ets for el­i­gi­ble Mary­land vot­ers who re­quested a mail-in bal­lot. Tay­lor Cor­po­ra­tion also does busi­ness as Cur­tis1000.

The agree­ment is part of a multi-ven­dor ap­proach the Board has adopted to meet the un­prece­dented de­mand for spe­cial­ized print­ing re­lated to the 2020 Gen­eral Elec­tion. The pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of ap­pli­ca­tions for ju­ris­dic­tion-spe­cific mail-in bal­lots, postage-paid re­turn en­velopes as well as ju­ris­dic­tion-spe­cific mail-in and in-per­son bal­lots re­quires a high de­gree of cus­tomiza­tion.

Un­der its con­tract with the Board, Tay­lor Cor­po­ra­tion will pro­vide mail-in bal­lots for the 2020 Gen­eral Elec­tion. The Board has also con­tracted with Run­beck Elec­tion Ser­vices, Inc. to pro­duce and send about 4 mil­lion bal­lot ap­pli­ca­tions and postage-paid re­turn en­velopes and with Sin­gle Point Sourc­ing to pro­duce over 15 mil­lion bal­lots for in­per­son vot­ing.

The Board is also ob­tain­ing sam­ple bal­lots and bal­lot pack­ets from other ven­dors as a con­tin­gency.

“We have con­ducted an ex­ten­sive re­view of Tay­lor Cor­po­ra­tion’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” said Mary­land State Board of Elec­tions Ad­min­is­tra­tor Linda La­mone.

“In ad­di­tion to re­quir­ing the com­pany to pro­vide mul­ti­ple rounds of test bal­lots for re­view, we have spo­ken with elec­tions of­fi­cials in Clark County, Ne­vada, where the com­pany im­ple­mented im­prove­ments to mail bal­lot pack­ag­ing and pro­vided sam­ple bal­lot print­ing and over­saw de­liv­ery of sam­ple bal­lots to more than 1 mil­lion vot­ers dur­ing the 2018 Gen­eral Elec­tion. Based on this ex­ten­sive re­view process, we have cer­ti­fied Tay­lor Cor­po­ra­tion as a bal­lot printer in Mary­land and are con­fi­dent the com­pany will meet the needs of Mary­lan­ders who choose to vote by mail.”

SeaChange, the com­pany that pro­vided mail-in bal­lots in the June pri­mary elec­tion, was ini­tially as­signed a por­tion of the mail-in bal­lots re­quired for the No­vem­ber elec­tion; how­ever, the com­pany no­ti­fied the Board this week that it de­clined to pro­duce the re­quested mail-in bal­lots.

The vet­ting of Tay­lor Cor­po­ra­tion’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­cluded a re­view of its ca­pac­ity to serve as the State’s sole provider of mail-in bal­lots, its abil­ity to meet the Board’s timeline to de­liver bal­lots, and a plan to place the bal­lots into the United States Postal Ser­vice’s mail stream lo­cally, rather than out-of-state.

The Board also voted Fri­day to ap­prove Bal­ti­more City’s pro­posed vote cen­ter lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing eight early vot­ing cen­ters and 24 elec­tion day vot­ing cen­ters, and also ap­proved St. Mary’s County’s vote cen­ter lo­ca­tions.

The Board has now ap­proved vote cen­ter lo­ca­tions in all 24 ju­ris­dic­tions in Mary­land.

The Board also ap­proved ex­panded vote cen­ter plans sub­mit­ted by Anne Arun­del County, Charles County, and Prince Ge­orge’s County. Vote cen­ters are se­lected by lo­cal boards of elec­tions.

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