Secretary of State Debra Bowen says Nebraska-based Election Systems and Software Incorporated made unauthorized changes to a version of the Automark systems—then sold more than 900 of the machines in the state. She said those changes should have been submitted for certification.
“The state elections code states very unequivocally it is the Secretary of State not a voting system vendor who decides whether voting system changes require re-examination…”
The machines in question were sold to San Francisco, Marin, Colusa, Solano and Merced counties. E Sand S responded in a statement that the changes made to the hardware were extremely minor and the company followed the state’s established practice.