The News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer have concentrated on the fact that Printelect prints the majority of ballots used in every election in NC (86 out of 100 counties) and that they charge considerably more than other printers. They have also pointed out that Printelect is the sole agent for Election Systems and Software (ES&S). ES&S is the only certified election equipment vendor in NC.
Some more facts mentioned in their articles: Printelect is a subsidiary of Owen G. Dunn Company in New Bern. The company’s president, Owen Andrews is a long-time friend of Governor Perdue and Gary Bartlett, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections.
What has not been mentioned yet is that Printelect actually programs the voting machines for North Carolina counties.
So, they not only sell the voting equipment to all 100 counties, print ballots for 86 counties and provide equipment maintenance services, but they also program the equipment to record the votes cast.
Who is looking to ensure North Carolinians are provided fair, accurate and honest elections when a sole company is involved in every step of the ballot process. It appears that any oversight is corrupted when the State Board of Elections’ Director is a friend of the president of the company and the Governor is the recipient of substantial election contributions from him.
This is a page from the State Board of Election’s Election Resource Center Website that includes a link to a Printelect Login to schedule coding and ballot work.