Voting machine vendor treated election officials to trips to Vegas, elsewhere

We libertarians have been jumping up and down about voting machines for a decade and a half. Long before Russia was officially in the dog house and the mystery Obama voters started popping up here and there.

(From The State)

“As an election official, what is very valuable for me is … sitting at the table with the CEO of our equipment manufacturer’s company” to provide feedback, she said. “That just gives us that ability to advocate for our needs here in Kansas and in Sedgwick County,” she said.

Lehman said ES&S invited her to sit on the panel after the Sedgwick County Commission approved a 10-year, $7.8 million contract to buy voting equipment and services from ES&S in July 2016. Lehman was part of a committee that reviewed and scored bids for the new voting system. Out of six bids Sedgwick County received, ES&S gave the third lowest. But Lehman noted in a public meeting that the ES&S bid also included a volume pricing discount linking purchases by three counties, and that the company was willing to buy back Sedgwick County’s old voting machines.

Others who booked flights for the Las Vegas event, based on documents emailed to the panel by an ES&S employee, included Mike Ryan, executive director of New York City’s elections board; Toni Pippins-Poole, elections administrator in Dallas County, Texas; David Dove, at the time chief of staff and legal counsel to Georgia’s secretary of state, Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator of Maryland’s election commission; Marisa Crispell, elections director in Luzerne County, Pa.; Steve Harsman, deputy elections director in Montgomery County, Ohio; Ralph Mohr, elections commissioner in Erie County, N.Y.; Brad Nelson, elections director in Pima County, Ariz., and Greg Riddlemoser, elections director in Stafford County, Va.