By John Gideon on 2/28/2008, 8:00pm PT  

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The Florida Secretary of State has found someone to take the state’s Direct Recording Electronic voting machines and “de-manufacture” them. ES&S iVotronics will be resold, if possible. The state’s Sequoia machines will be scrapped for spare parts and recycle.

In a not surprising announcement today Secretary of State Coffman of Colorado announced that he is recertifying the state’s optical scan machines to go with the state’s DREs that he has already recertified. Essentially the state lost a court decision and had to recertify all voting systems used in the various counties. Coffman hired test labs at great expense to the tax payer to test the machines. They found problems with every system they tested. Coffman, after taking many positions, finally decided to recertify the DREs last week, even though they were decertified for good reason. Now, today, he has ignored the test labs, again, and recertified the optical scan machines. This includes the Hart Intercivic eScan that was decertified because it read stray pencil/pen marks on the ballot, even reading the mark and ignoring a correctly made vote. The tax payers in the state of Colorado need to ask, “Why did you waste our tax money to test machines and then ignore the tests and recommendations of the testers?” The state has come no where since the court found that they had not legally certified voting systems in the first place. Now they have the same machines and nothing is better now than it was in the past.

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