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ES&S and Premier Divestiture: U.S.A., et al. v. ES&S

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Priority: 
High Priority
Date: 
March 10, 2010
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
To: 
Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Nathaniel E. Robinsion, Elections Division Administrator
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In September 2009, Election Systems and Software, Inc. announced the acquisition of Premier Election Solutions, Inc. 

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit to require ES&S to divest Premier assets because it would otherwise have a 70 percent market share of voting systems used in the United States. In addition, the suit seeks a requirement for ES&S to grant a broad license for use and further development of the AutoMARK to any Premier assets purchaser. 

Apparently, ES&S and the US-DOJ have reached a consent decree. It appears imminent that ES&S will divest all Premier assets to a completely separate company. While the terms of the proposed Final Judgment includes language to promote a smooth transition, it is possible that some disruption in service may occur.G.A.B. staff will continue to monitor the situation and keep clerks informed.

A memorandum providing more detail is attached.