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Broward picks provider for touch screen voting

A Nebraska firm won an $18-million contract to replace Broward County's punch card voting machines with a touch screen system.

Election Systems & Software will sell the county 5,000 ATM-style voting machines in time for the 2002 primaries and the gubernatorial election.

The Omaha-based firm won out over two competitors, Sequoia Voting Systems of Exeter, Calif., and Global Election Systems of McKinney, Texas.

ES&S has also landed the Pasco County contract for a touch screen system. ES&S and Sequoia are the leading contenders to provide a system to Pinellas County.

Broward officials hope to have a final contract negotiated with ES&S by mid-December.

The Florida Legislature last spring banned the use of punch cards beginning next year. All precincts will be required to have optical scan ballot systems or touch screen machines in time for the 2002 primary election.