The Los Angeles County RR/CC is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) #17-001 to hear directly from vendors about their interest in potentially partnering with the County to bring the VSAP vision to fruition. Additionally, this RFI seeks input from the vendors on partnership models that would enable successful development and implementation of VSAP.

RR/CC would like to receive responses from any vendor who is interested in providing one or more components of VSAP, and encourages vendor feedback on the VSAP project being undertaken by RR/CC.

The components of VSAP are:

  • Ballot Marking Device (BMD)
  • Interactive Sample Ballot (ISB)
  • New Tally System
  • Tally System Scanners
  • Special Thermal Printers for the BMD and ballot activation mechanism
  • Vote by Mail (VBM)
  • Systems Integrator Services
  • VSAP On-going Maintenance and Support

Disclaimer: This RFI is for planning purposes only and is not an RFP, Invitation for Bid (IFB) or an obligation on the part of the County to acquire any services. Responses to this RFI are not offers and will not be accepted by the County to form a binding contract. The County reserves the right to determine how it should proceed as a result of this notice. Furthermore, those who respond to this RFI should not anticipate feedback with regard to its submission. The information provided in this RFI is subject to change and is not binding on the County.


Resource Description
Video: Democracy by Design Informative video about the vision of VSAP and the human-centered design approach
Video: VSAP New Voting Experience Brief video provides overview of the new voting experience resulting from VSAP
VSAP Phase I Report – July 9, 2010 Summarizes completion of the initial research phase of VSAP
Open Design Search Summarizes Los Angeles County’s Open Design Search, which included: 1) Open Innovation Challenge and 2) Voter Experience Brainstorming Workshops
VSAP Phase III: System Design and Engineering Summarizes completion of VSAP Phase III
Final Concept of the Ballot Marking Device Shows the concept design of the BMD, along with a short video showing the use of the touch screen
VSAP Quarterly Report – December 29, 2016 | 4th Quarter Summarizes activity in 2016 Quarter 4
Additional VSAP Quarterly Reports Summarizes VSAP activity quarterly from 2010 – 2016
California Senate Bill 360 (2013-2014) Certification of Voting Systems Senate Bill 360 makes significant changes to procedures and criteria for the certification and approval of a voting system; expands the use of Voting Modernization Fund monies; and authorizes a county to use those monies to purchase a conditionally approved voting system, as specified, for research and development of a nonproprietary voting system that uses disclosed source code; or to manufacture a limited number of voting system units for use in a pilot program, or for submission to the Secretary of State (SOS) for certification. It requires the SOS to adopt and publish regulations, governing the experimental use of a voting system in a pilot programs.
California Senate Bill 450 Elections: Vote by Mail Voting and Mail Ballot Elections (2015-2016) Senate Bill 450 permits counties to conduct elections in which every voter is mailed a ballot and information on vote centers and ballot drop-off locations which are available prior to and on election day, in lieu of operating polling places for the election, subject to certain conditions.
California Voting System Standards Describes the requirements for the electronic components of voting systems.
Media Library VSAP videos, pictures and articles
BMD Appearance Model Provides an overview of the ballot marking device.


If you are interested in partnering with other vendors for this RFI and/or for a future RFP, please complete the attached form and we will make the information available on this site.

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The following list of vendors have indicated an interest in partnering with other vendors for this RFI and/or for a future RFP. If interested in collaborating with any of these vendors, please contact vendor directly.

[List of Vendors who submitted interest Form]