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Coloradans may still vote electronically

George Merritt
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman said Tuesday that some electronic voting machines that failed reliability tests could still be used in the 2008 presidential election if the manufacturer is allowed to install a patch.

Other machines that failed could be replaced with equipment certified for use in other states, he said.

Coffman met with a task force of state lawmakers to discuss what Colorado should do after he declared many of the state’s electronic voting machines to be unreliable and said they could not be used in next November’s voting.



Either of Coffman’s solutions would have to be approved by the Legislature. The lawmakers on the task force gave no indication of whether they would accept the proposals.

On Monday, Coffman decertified three of the four equipment manufacturers allowed in the state, affecting six of Colorado’s 10 most populous counties.



Coffman said Colorado’s actions would have national repercussions. “What we have found is that the federal certification process is inadequate,” he said.

The decision means electronic voting machines used in Denver, Arapahoe, Pueblo, Mesa and Elbert counties cannot be used in the general election next November because of problems with accuracy and security. A number of electronic scanners used to count ballots were also decertified, including a model used in Boulder County.

Coffman announced in March that he had adopted new rules for testing electronic voting machines. He required the four electronic voting systems used in all 64 Colorado counties to apply for recertification.



The four systems are manufactured by Premier Election Solutions, formerly known as Diebold Election Systems; Hart InterCivic; Sequoia Voting Systems; and Election Systems and Software. Only Premier Election Solutions had all its equipment pass the recertification.


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