City staff are recommending using the services of Dominion Voting Systems for the next municipal election.
Council is expected to vote on the recommendation at the next scheduled council meeting on Tuesday.
At the June 28th meeting council passed a resolution concerning the 2022 municipal election that the vote be conducted with in-person voting and a tabulator count along with a register to vote by mail option. It was estimated at a cost of $320,000.
A Request For Proposal was issued but closed with no compliant bid responses. Dominion Voting Systems subsequently expressed interest in providing a viable solution to the City of Sault Ste. Marie and has submitted a proposal for consideration.
It is the consensus of a review committee comprised of city staff from City Clerks
Department and IT Services that Dominion’s proposed Tabular Voting Solution
meets the needs for both in-person paper ballot tabulation and vote-by-mail
City Council approval of single sourcing of the supply, installation and support of
the proposed tabular voting solution to Dominion Voting Systems is recommended
based upon their extensive experience in vote tabulation for elections, and their
outline of support services to assist City staff in planning and implementing the
This is in accordance with the Purchasing By-law where no (compliant)
bids were received in response to a Bid Solicitation, and there is an absence of
Dominion Voting Systems has proposed a cost for the tabulator voting solution and
support at an upset limit of $123,950.25. (plus HST). Dominion Voting Systems has also provided unit cost pricing for election consumable supplies. Consumable purchases (i.e. ballot boxes, etc.) will be allocated through the reserve.
The estimated election expense, excluding the “Register to Vote by Mail” option,
is $320,000. There is estimated to be $282,000 in the election reserve for the 2022
municipal election. An additional $40,000 will be included as a one time operating
increase in the 2022 budget. The $75,000 ongoing annual reserve contribution
currently included in the budget will be assessed after the 2022 election is complete.
You may recall, that Dominion Voting Systems faced scrutiny during the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, primarily from The then President of the United States, Donald Trump who convinced many of vote tampering with Dominion and a target of election disinformation seeking to undermine confidence in the integrity of the 2020 election.
The baseless claims have been debunked by election officials, subject matter experts and The third-party fact checkers. No evidence whatsoever has been offered to support claims that there was a systemic problem with vote-counting machines.