In October, it was determined that all electronic voting machines in Colorado had not been properly certified under state law. They did not meet legal standards and they did not meet security requirements.
But by then, there was no time to fix the problem before Election Day, and voters were using the machines despite the problems.
Then the city of Denver made national news for long voting lines and broken technology.
And now a Colorado business that tests electronic voting systems has been “blacklisted” by the federal Election Assistance Commission for not following proper quality-control procedures.The New York Times reports:
Experts on voting systems say the Ciber problems underscore longstanding worries about lax inspections in the secretive world of voting-machine testing. The action by the federal Election Assistance Commission seems certain to fan growing concerns about the reliability and security of the devices.
As soon as federal officials began a new oversight program in July, they detected the problems with Ciber. The commission held up its application for interim accreditation, thus barring Ciber from approving new voting systems in most states.
A spokesperson for the company also said that they expect to be re-accredited soon.