By John Gideon on 3/20/2008, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

After spending what must be over $1M total in Colorado and many months the state is in nearly exactly the same position they were in when they started. The court told the state they had to recertify their voting systems so all voting systems in use in the state were tested. Based on test results and information from the test labs nearly every voting system used in the state was denied certification. SoS Coffman proudly announced that voting systems were flawed. Then under pressure from the counties who use the systems and the vendors who stood to lose money, Coffman folded and decided that it would be alright for the counties and vendors to retest the machines. Naturally the counties and vendors reported that there were no problems and Coffman went along with that biased opinion and recertified the systems for use. The Governor and some legislative leaders then decided that paper ballots should be used in Nov. But no money could be found to support that change. So, long story short, nothing has changed from the time the court made their decision except a lot of labs and consultants made a lot of money. The same machines will be used with the same safeguards as previously were in place. ...

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