By John Gideon on 1/13/2008, 8:00pm PT  

I have editorialized quite a bit lately about the “mash-up” in Colorado. Secretary of State Coffman has made a mess of a court ordered recertification of voting machines. The state hired consultants and test labs to test the machines. The results from those tests were that none of the systems used in the state met state requirements for voting systems. Coffman then decertified every system except the Premier/Diebold system and immediately people pointed out that the lobbyist for the vendor is also Coffman’s advisor for his planned run for Congress.

Then Coffman began to “flip-flop” as he began telling counties to retest the machines themselves or just to appeal his decision and he would change his mind. Then, this past week, the state legislature, including the Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon, began talk of new legislation that would make it easier for the state to certify their voting systems. Essentially the legislature wants to protect Coffman from any further lawsuits about voting machine certification. Ken Gordon, by the way, ran against Coffman for Secretary of State in 2006.

It is truly unbelievable that these politicians are cutting corners with elections. They don’t seem to care if the voters use secure, accurate, accessible voting machines. They do seem to want to protect themselves from voters’ lawsuits. I would argue that the voters should stand and vote these bums out of office but it’s hard to do when the voting system is corrupt.

That story, and the many other notable voting news item today, all linked below...

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