Top State Elections Official Examines Voting Machines

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 15, 2007

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen says Election Systems and Software, Incorporated has trampled on California law.  She says the company sold a newer version of its Automark voting machines to five counties without going through the certification process. 

She may seek damages and a refund for counties of five million dollars.  She could also ban the company from doing business in California for up to three years.  At a hearing on the issue, Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters Stephen Weir expressed concerns.

  “We are much to close to November to make any more changes to our voting systems…”
The machines were sold to San Francisco, Marin, Colusa, Solano and Merced counties. The company defended its product saying only minor modifications were made to an already qualified system—so re-certification was not considered necessary.