“It is my opinion that this kind of voting system and its components can be safely used by the electors of this state in all primaries and elections,” Raffensperger wrote in the certification document.
The Dominion system was also certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in January.
Neither of the other two companies that submitted bids for the voting system contract, Election Systems & Software and Smartmatic, filed objections to the contract’s award before the deadline for a protest that expired Thursday.
Dominion received the highest overall score in the bidding process, in large part because it submitted the least expensive bid. ES&S received the highest score on the government’s criteria for a new voting system. Though cost accounted for just 25% of the overall score, it was enough to put Dominion on top.
Now comes a quick turnaround to get the new voting system in place for Georgia's 7 million voters before the state's March 24 presidential preference primary.
The Dominion system will replace Georgia's 17-year-old electronic voting machines, which lack a paper ballot.
With the new machines, voters will still pick their candidates on a touchscreen computer, which is attached to a printer that will create a paper ballot. Voters can then review their choices and insert their ballots into scanning machines for tabulation.
The state bought more than 30,000 touchscreens that will start being distributed to county election offices within the next few weeks.
Then up to six counties will test the voting system in local elections in November before they’re scheduled to be used statewide in March.