SOS Announces New Voting Machine Testing Rules

Secretary of State Mike Coffman has announced new rules for testing Colorado’s electronic voting machines. A federal judge ordered the machines to be re-certified last fall after finding the process overseen by former Secretary of State Gigi Dennis to be “abysmal.” The Denver Post has the story:

Secretary of State Mike Coffman said Tuesday he has adopted new rules for testing electronic voting machines after problems in the November election.

“Coloradans must have confidence in the technology used to conduct elections, and these new testing requirements will provide that confidence,” Coffman said in a statement.

The new procedures were adopted under the secretary’s rule-making authority.

They include detailed security standards for all voting systems that will require 437 tests to be certified for use in Colorado.

Coffman said the four electronic voting systems currently used in Colorado’s 64 counties will have to apply for recertification, a process that could take up to 90 days.

The four systems are created by Hart Intercivic, Diebold Election Systems, Sequoia Voting Systems and Election Systems and Software.

Disclaimer: Colorado Confidential’s Wendy Norris was a plaintiff in Conroy v Dennis which resulted in this settlement. She had no role in the assignment and/or writing of this story.

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