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....
Growing popularity of absentee voting likely to boost trend LINK
Raising voter confidence is crucial LINK
Crist wants to spend $32.5M to replace most touch-screen systems in the state LINK
The misplaced hardware was bought back by Diebold, returned to the state LINK
Lawmakers hear testimony about possible tweaks to voting machines LINK
A bill in Maine would disenfranchise college students. LINK
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