Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
What is going on in Colorado? One has to wonder if the Colorado Secretary of State is truly looking out for the voters. On one hand Secretary Coffman sent a suspension letter to ES&S but on the other hand the Colorado Statesman points out that John Gardner is still employed in his old job, testing and certifying voting systems. Gardner’s lack of any experience with voting systems was one of the reasons that the court found that Colorado must test and recertify every system used in the state. Instead of being replaced by someone actually familiar with testing and certification of voting systems or other technical experience Gardner is still in his job.
As a check on Gardner the state has hired two consultants to look over his shoulder and review his work. The consultants are Paul Craft who has a degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management and who was, in part, responsible for the qualification of most of the failing voting systems used in the US at this time. He was on the NASED voting systems panel that rubber stamped the reports from the ITAs that were bought and paid for by the vendors. Also a consultant is Glenn Newkirk. Newkirk reviewed and approved many systems for different states. Included in his failures are the Advanced Voting Solutions voting machines that were recently found to have 1,946 anomalies in their source code. Neither consultant has met a vendors product he does not like. I ask again, “What is going on in Colorado?”
Links to that story, and the other notable voting news stories today, follow below...
- NAtional: "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections"
- NAtional: It's not fraud, it's alienated voters
- NAtional: Opinion – Vote early, count often
- AR: Baxter County - Election Commission requests additional funding for next year
- CA: Voting rules rile area officials
Secretary of state restricts use of widely employed touch-screen machines.
- CA: Alameda County - Local Voters Alarmed by Letter Error
- CA: Butte County - Grubbs: Nixing e-vote will cost county
- CA: Riverside County - County moves ahead with new voting system
- CO: Despite thorny record, Coffman retains Gardner
- FL: Sarasota County - A closer look at the GAO's Florida District 13. No smoking gun...Not if but when and how often. Could Red be next?
- KY: Democrats blast Grayson over provisional ballots
Others say dust-up is all about politics
- OH: Belmont County - Paper Ballots To Replace Touch-Screen Voting In Some Locations
- PA: Lackawanna County - Voting officials warn of pen, paper pitfalls
- PA: Wayne County preparing itself for a paper election
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