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Governor Signs Bill Creating Fair Business Practices for Ballot Printing

Senate Bill 63 opens up printing of Alaska State election ballots to competitive bids

ANCHORAGE — Today, Governor Parnell signed Senate Bill 63 into law, which requires the Alaska Division of Elections to use the state procurement code to solicit bids for the preparation of election ballots. Since 2002, Alaska’s election ballots have been prepared by one company through a sole-source contract.

“Today is a good day for Alaskan businesses,” said Senator Fairclough. “I believe the State has a responsibility to provide for a level playing field so businesses across Alaska can compete fairly.”

The competitive bidding for ballot printing is now part of the RFP (Request for Proposal) process, which specifically allows for the evaluation of prior experience, qualifications, and quality of equipment rather than price alone.                                                  

“It is very important that our ballots are prepared properly and with attention to fair election practices,” said Senator Fairclough. “The current company we’re using may very well be awarded the contract following the procurement process, but others must be allowed compete. This law ensures the state pays the most competitive price.”

The law will apply to the printing of ballots for elections which take place after January 1, 2014.

For more information, please call Laura Pierre in Senator Fairclough’s office at (907) 269-0149.

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