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Victory For Voters

From the Associated Press [at CBS News, so you’ll think they are still a news organization] good news from the Rockies: Colorado Bans Most Electronic Voting Machines

(AP) Colorado’s top election official decertified electronic voting machines used in many of the state’s largest counties Monday, calling into question equipment used in past elections in a move he said could have national implications.

Electronic voting machines used in Denver, Arapahoe, Pueblo, Mesa and Elbert counties cannot be used in the next election because of problems with accuracy or security, Secretary of State Mike Coffman said.

A number of electronic scanners used to count ballots were also decertified, including a type used by Boulder County as well as more than three dozen small to mid-size counties around the state.

His decision affects six of Colorado’s 10 most populous counties and three of the four equipment manufacturers allowed in the state.

The manufacturers have 30 days to appeal.

The stuff doesn’t work – it’s really that simple. In the case of the scanners, this is ancient technology that was debugged years ago, but not on voting equipment. It was sold based on corporate relationships with politicians, not on performance and reliability. The software for on-line polls is more reliable and error-free than these voting machines. More care is given for your opinion of the latest media non-event than your choice for President.


1 Steve Bates { 12.19.07 at 12:23 am }

Bryan, thanks… this news made my day. May it be the beginning of a nationwide trend.

Someday, perhaps, the political context that allows workable, reliable, accurate, secure e-voting may happen. Until it does, we need to go forward… it’s not a step back… to known reliable voting technologies.

2 Bryan { 12.19.07 at 12:54 am }

Not that it made any difference, but Coffman is a Republican. Everyone has an interest is seeing that the votes get counted accurately.

There are ways of doing it, but they aren’t exotic.