By John Gideon on 2/1/2007, 4:58pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of and VoteTrustUSA.Org

According to a BradBlog article [see below] by Michael Richardson, “CIBER, Inc., the nation’s largest so-called “independent test authority” (ITA) of electronic voting machines is at the center of a growing scandal about lax testing of voting equipment. The recent release of a long-kept secret assessment of the company by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) detailing a shocking record of sloppy, incomplete or non-existent testing by CIBER led the test lab’s CEO, Mac Slingerlend, to call the report “old news” in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News. While CIBER’s shortcomings may be “old news” to Slingerlend, unaware election officials around the nation are angered at not being informed by the EAC prior to the November 2006 elections when voting machine models “tested” by CIBER were used by 68.5% of the registered voters in the country.” // The big story continues to be the total change of opinion in Florida where the Republican Governor has joined with a vocal Democratic Congressman (Wexler) to recommend the state change to optical-scan voting by 2008. They are now being joined by the Speaker of the State House of Representatives and some DRE county election officials. // “The price of freedom is not cheap. The importance of a democratic system of voting that we can trust, that we can have confidence is, is incredibly important.” Florida Gov. Charley Crist....

  • NAtional: CIBER Voting Machine Test Lab Failures is 'Old News' Known by Top Election Officials for Years LINK
  • NAtional: Congress Gets to Work on Election Reform LINK
  • AL: Mobile County - County wonders what to do with obsolete voting machines LINK
  • CA: Ballot counts stretch days, weeks --- delay final election results
    Growing popularity of absentee voting likely to boost trend LINK
  • CA: Irish E-voting--A Neocon Approach to be Avoided in California LINK
  • CO: Denver voters choose wise course LINK
  • FL: Editorial - Dump the touch screens? Problems won't go away LINK
  • FL: Columnist - `Common Sense Charlie' puts people above party LINK
  • FL: Columnist - Crist a breath of fresh air for skeptical Florida voters LINK
  • FL: Crist: Every county needs paper ballots LINK
  • FL: Crist pushes for voting papertrail LINK
  • FL: Crist's plan to replace touch-screen voting machines draws some calls for caution LINK
  • FL: Opinion - Paper chase
    Raising voter confidence is crucial LINK
  • FL: Crist to seek millions for voting machines that leave paper trail LINK
  • FL: House Speaker backs Crist plan to scrap touch-screen voting LINK
  • FL: Fla. governor opts for e-voting systems with paper trail
    Crist wants to spend $32.5M to replace most touch-screen systems in the state LINK
  • FL: Crist says he wants paper trail for '08 election LINK
  • FL: Florida Moves to End Touch-Sceen Voting LINK
  • FL: Charlotte County - Replacing Charlotte voting machines could cost $1 million LINK
  • FL: Martin County - Push on for optical scanner paper trail LINK
  • GA: For sale on eBay: Georgia e-voting equipment
    The misplaced hardware was bought back by Diebold, returned to the state LINK
  • ID: Legislature mulls vote-by-mail idea LINK
  • ID: Idaho lawmakers consider mail-in voting LINK
  • KS: Opinion - Lawmakers: Be fair in deciding election LINK
  • KS: Douglas County - Primary election plans fall into place LINK
  • MD: Md. lawmakers to begin work on paper voting records LINK
  • MD: Paper voting trail urged
    Lawmakers hear testimony about possible tweaks to voting machines LINK
  • ME: Ballot Blocks
    A bill in Maine would disenfranchise college students. LINK
  • NH: Straight-ticket voting may soon be over in N.H. LINK
  • NM: Cibola County - Justice Department Settles Voting Rights Claims with Cibola County, New Mexico LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Citizens blast voting office LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Work needed in elections, panel told LINK
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