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Printelect Of New Bern: Is It A Monopoly?

A local business owner is speaking out about a newspaper article that claims his company has a monopoly on ballot printing in North Carolina.

Printelect owner Owen Andrews says every county in our state has the opportunity to buy from a competitor.

Printelect is part of the Owen G. Dunn company in New Bern.

It handles election ballot printing for 86 counties in the state.

An article in the News & Observer reports printelect charges more for the work than other companies used by other counties.

The article states Printelect is the only "agent" in the state for a Nebraska company that got a 2006 concession for North Carolina's voting machines and claims the arrangement gives printelect "a big advantage in getting printing jobs."

State Board of Elections Director Gary Bartlett is quoted in the newspaper article as saying the arrangement could be considered a monopoly.

Printelect owner Owen Andrews says that's just not the case.

We spoke with Governor Bev Perdue about this and she said contracts like these are available at the State Department of Administration website.


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