The contract was not competitively bid, but awarded to Yellow Cab because it is the "only known vendor that has the proven resources" to deliver the judges, according to the board's agenda.
More than 2,000 election judges are hired to work the polls and 100 or more do not show up due to illness or other problems, Jones said. That's where the cabs come in — to rush the substitute judges to fill the vacancies, he said.
"The rush is really in preparation to make sure all these polling places are staffed and ready to open," Jones said.
The $30,000 award represents an upper limit, but the cab company will likely be paid less, he said.
Jones said the Board of Elections has contracted with Yellow Cab and the company is the only one with a large enough fleet to transport all the election judges.
"One year, a man did it who didn't have the proper equipment and dispatchers.... It was a disaster," he said. "I feel better in knowing that I can rely on a company that can get it done."