12/18/2007

Voting machine certification

Today Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman announced the results of his evaluation of voting systems around the state. Voting machines in over 40 counties were decertified, leaving many county clerks concerned about counting ballots for the upcoming presidential elections. The Colorado Secretary of State is required by law to certify "electronic and electromechanical voting systems and approve the purchase, installation, and use of such systems by political subdivisions and establish standards for certification." (Colorado Revised Statutes - CRS 1-5-614) The laws regarding the authorization and use of voting machines and electronic voting systems are located in CRS 1-5-601+. There is a lot of material on the Voting System State Certification Program website, including the recent reports/evaluations of Premier, Sequoia, Hart, and ES&S machines.

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