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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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 9, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    The N & O is not much of a news source. That newspaper is garbage and the editor that let this article that come out is garbage.
  • by Chris Location: Raleigh on Aug 7, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    Someone who knows: OK - tell us - what counties did Printelect print ballots in 2004? Where there any problems with those ballots? The Florida ballots that there were problems with were punch card ballots - and they were in 2000, not 2004. Get your facts straight! Be glad we have a tough Public Confidence in Elections Act that sets the bar high for voting machines and for the printing. When other states can't count their ballots properly and/or pay much higher prices - why is anyone complaining about Printelect?
  • by Joyce on Aug 7, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    r/e anonymous "Someonewhoknows". The ballot printing job that triggered the Florida Bush V Gore was Sequoia. "Sequoia produced the punch card ballots used in the 2000 election in Florida and also markets high-margin electronic vote machines. The company, according to the report, is alleged to have altered its ballot production process for one or more Florida counties and began printing ballots on cheaper and what seven former employees claim to be defective paper along with conspicuously inadequate production specifications. Employees are quoted extensively as having alerted the plant manager to potential problems to the point of refusing to sign off on production runs, but were repeatedly rebuffed."
  • by well well on Aug 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    the dunns are friends with perdue, so everything will be okay.
  • by Chris Location: New Bern on Aug 7, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    I am just glad that they are buying, not only from a US Company, but one that is in the state. Shopping local should be a theme shared by all of us. Keep buying from China and others and our kids will have to work there.
  • by Someone who knows Location: new bern on Aug 7, 2010 at 04:59 AM
    Printelect (formerly Owen G. Dunn) has been printing our paper ballots for literally DECADES UPON DECADES. Oh Joyce, in 2004, a great many of the ballots that were used in Florida were printed by none other than Printelect.
  • by Joyce Location: NC Coalition for Verified Voting on Aug 6, 2010 at 08:56 PM
    Has anyone considered there are few printers doing these jobs? Do we want to out source ballot printing to China next? I received an email today from Robert Clark, Asst Clerk for Bernalillo Co New Mexico. He says they pay $1.26 per ballot, but they have one vendor only for ballot printing in NM. It is a local company. ES&S is the primary vendor because the other 2 certified vendors dropped out of the bidding. Diebold fled the state at last minute after efforts to gut our verified voting law failed. Sequoia failed to get federal certification. Compare the 2004 election disaster to 2008 clean election, and be glad our votes were counted accurately in 2008. It was a close election and had we not raised our standards, NC could have been the next Florida.
  • by Justice on Aug 6, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Lets talk about power companies, telephone cos, gas companies, the ones running the lottery, and the list goes on and on. While we at it, lets find the monopoly of money that was scammed by the transpark.

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