County to seek compensation from company that supplied flawed election ballots
Online Staff Report
Winnebago County will seek compensation from the company that supplied ballots for the March 20 primary election that were one-sixteenth-inch too large to fit in counting machines.
The flaw affected 36 percent of the 23,400 ballots cast in Winnebago County, forcing the county to reprint and remake 8,564 ballots from its inventory.
The county paid Addison, Ill.-based ABS Graphics $14,300 for 65,000 ballots. According to reports, the company said a slight blade misalignment was responsible for the flaw, which also affected about 24 other counties throughout the state.
In Winnebago County, the flaw led to elections officials remaking ballots by hand. Members of both the Democratic and Republican parties were called on by Winnebago County Clerk Margie Mullins to assist with the ballot remaking. Candidates, including Winnebago County Board chairman candidate Mike “C” Castronovo and state Senate candidates Steve Stadelman and Marla Wilson, questioned the move. Click here to read Castronovo’s comments about the flaw.
Mullins plans to meet with ABS Graphics after her office is finished gathering information about the extra costs incurred by the ballot flaw. Mullins said she has worked with the company for 20 years.
Posted March 23, 2012
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