Governor Bob Riley on Tuesday said the state has signed a contract with a company to provide software, training, coordination and implementation of Alabama's voter registration database. The system will include computer servers in each of the state's 67 counties, along with a central database in Montgomery.

Election Systems and Software was selected by the five-member Help America Vote Act implementation committee appointed by Governor Riley in his role as the court appointed special master. The company was also recommended by an expert panel of computer software and election management professionals.

Work has already been started to implement the database, which will bring Alabama into compliance with a federal court order to have a HAVA-compliant voter registration system. The deadline for the database to be in place is August 31, 2007.

"I am very pleased that we are another step closer to making Alabama compliant with federal law," said Riley. "The HAVA Committee, along with the HAVA Implementation Committee, have done an excellent job, and they deserve to be commended for their hard work and dedication. They have put Alabama on track to meet this important deadline."

The bid contract is for $6.2 million dollars.

In August, a federal judge named Governor Riley as the special master to oversee the development and implementation of a uniform, statewide computerized voter registration list because the state had missed previous deadlines to do so. Such a list is required by the federal law.