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Elections supervisor won't help pick voting machines

Pinellas County Elections Supervisor Deborah Clark recused herself Tuesday from the process of choosing the company that will provide the county's new voting machines.

The decision by Clark came after the St. Petersburg Times reported that Elections Systems & Software, the company that employs Clark's husband, is a leading contender for a contract worth up to $15-million.

Clark has denied any conflict of interest. Her husband, Richard Clark, is not involved in sales. He installs and repairs elections machines.

In a letter to commissioners Tuesday, Clark wrote:

"We all know how very important this decision is, and I do not want to do anything that would cast a shadow on the integrity of the selection process. Therefore, I feel it is best that I not be a member of the Evaluating Committee."