Thursday, May 25, 2006

UPDATE: Public hearing on HART eSlate decertification

The May 24th public hearing on the HAVA complaint for wrongful certification of the HART eSlate was well run, well attended (50 citizens), and well worth the effort.

The hearing record will remain open until June 1st. I hope that you will submit letters and materials before then.

A decision will be announced by the Secretary of State on or before July 10th.

Click the CAMBER website to:

1. Read our brief.
2. Hear the audio-recording of the hearing.
3. Read a critique of the hearing and suggestions for future improvement.

Thanks to everyone who is helping to protect anonymous and verifiable voting.


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

SOS response is deemed insufficient

A HAVA complaint has been filed against the Colorado Secretary of State which alleges that the Secretary of State wrongfully certified HART InterCivic DRE voting equipment.

A public hearing has been scheduled for May 24th.

The Secretary of State has insufficiently responded to a Colorado Open Records Act request.

Today the Secretary of State was sent an expanded CORA request, and asked to quickly provide the requested data.

“If the SOS stalls long enough, we won’t get the data we need, and we won’t be able to submit complete testimony at the May 24th public hearing,” said Al Kolwicz, Executive Director of CAMBER, a voter rights group.

Click to read May 17 -- Discussion regarding insufficiency of records response

The public hearing on the HAVA complaint is set for 1:30 p.m. May 24th at the Blue Spruce Conference Room of the Secretary of State’s Office, 1700 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Denver, Colorado.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Colorado accepts HAVA complaint against HART eSlate.

The Colorado Secretary of State has accepted a formal HAVA complaint filed against the certification of the HART eSlate voting equipment.

The complaint charges that the eSlate fails to provide anonymous voting as required by the Colorado Constitution and fails to provide private unassisted voting for blind voters as required by Federal HAVA requirements.

A public hearing has been scheduled for May 24, 2006, at the Colorado Secretary of State's office in Denver.

Today, a request was submitted to the Secretary of State asking for relevant documents including the test cases and results that were used for Federal and State certification.

This is a critical public hearing. It has been reported that 40 Colorado counties plan to use HART equipment. Some are in the midst of contract negotiations.

It appears that the Secretary of State is attempting to get HART contracts signed before the hearing.

If this is true, then this would be a major disservice to the public.