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Connecticut Dumps Danaher - No Electronic Machines (For Now At Least) PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, Director of Legislative Issues and Policy, VoteTrustUSA   
January 04, 2006
In a significant victory for citizen activists and voters in Connecticut, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced Wednesday that she has halted the procurement process for voting systems, at least temporarily. The decision means that rather than purchasing electronic voting machines, the state will use mechanical lever machines in November's elections.

In an Associated Press article, Ms. Byciewicz said the finalist in the bid process, Danaher Controls, misled the state and had not yet sought proper certification to meet state and federal requirements. Bysiewicz's office made the discovery during final negotiations with the company. "Unfortunately we were unable to find qualified vendors," she said, adding that no company could provide a certified electronic machine that displays a voter's entire ballot and provides a paper receipt that he or she can verify."

This development comes after a year long effort by the election integrity organization, TrueVoteCT, along with Common Cause, Verified Voting and other national organizations to promote accurate and verifiable election in the state. Last Spring, in the face of determined resistance from Bysiewicz and U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, the Connecticut legislature unanimously passed legislation requiring a voter verified paper record of every vote and establishing a random mandatory audit of vote totals. Since passage of the bill TrueVoteCT has challenged the state's RFP for procurement of voting systems, arguing that it was written to preclude the use of optical scan technology.

"I commend the secretary for doing the right thing and throwing the process open rather than acquiring an inferior machine for the state, which all the indications up until now were that that was going happen," said Michael Fischer, a computer science professor at Yale and member of TrueVoteCT.

According to the AP article:
The state's decision to stop the procurement process comes after a federal agency said Connecticut's old mechanical machines do not comply with the federal Help America Vote Act, which requires voting machines to be fully accessible to disabled voters.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said his office has contacted the U.S. Department of Justice to make sure it understands Connecticut's situation and does not penalize the state for the delay.

In a letter to state officials, the Department of Justice said it is willing to "work cooperatively with Connecticut" on achieving full compliance with the federal law."
The letter Blumenthal refers to has not been made public but could provide an indication of the Department of Justice's attitude towards states that fail to meet the deadlines for voting system upgrades and statewide voter registration databases imposed by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Secretaries of States, as many as nineteen states will miss the deadlines.

An article in the Stanford Advocate quoted Bysiewicz saying that she hopes that new electronic voting machines will be in place for the 2007 election, replacing the 3,300 lever machines. Connecticut has already received $32 million from the federal government to buy replacement machines.
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