Voting Technology Issues Loom Next Year for County Voting Officials

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Next year brings a set of requirements for voting machine technology.  Kim Alexander with the California Voter Foundation explains what’s ahead. 

“One is the federal accessibility requirement, the other is the state paper trail requirement.” 

One ensures disabled voters can cast ballots independently and in private, the other guarantees an automatic paper trail for each vote.  A survey by the California Voter Foundation finds most counties are currently using optical scan machines. They’ll likely have to combine that with more sophisticated equipment to meet disability requirements. 

Steven Weiris Vice President of the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials.  He says many counties are at different stages of compliance. 

 “Unfortunately most counties won’t be able to take advantage at this election  of the technology that they will need to use next year.” 

Weir notes many will make technology decisions in the months between this year’s and next year’s elections.