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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Diebold Voting Approved for Wisconsin March 22, 2006

Click on title for the report for the Wisconsin State Elections Board released on March 23, 2006 or read my post below. No current data on election equipment in use statewide seems to exist, but new equipment must be purchase by the majority of municipalities statewide by November 2006 per HAVA. The list below is the list of municipalities that used optical scan Diebold equipment as of March of 2005.

So the good news is that the HAVA commission seems committed to providing a voter verified paper trail requirement. The question remains, if the machines' counts are skewed dramatically so that the winner seems clear, will anyone bother to ask for a hand recount? Or will the recount only be subject to close races?
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Optical Scan Fidlar (Diebold)
City of Rice Lake
TOWN OF HARRISON
VILLAGE OF SHERWOOD
CITY OF BRILLION
CITY OF CHILTON
CITY OF KIEL
CITY OF MENASHA
CITY OF NEW HOLSTEIN

Chippewa County (except City of Eau Claire)
Dodge County (except City of Columbus and Hartford)
Door County
CITY OF MENOMONIE
Green County (except Village of Belleville and Brooklyn)
City of Mauston
Kenosha County (except the City of Kenosha)
City of Kiel
Town of Three Lakes
Ozaukee County
City of Brodhead
Most of St. Croix County (except 9 of 34 municipalities)
Sauk County (except City of WI Dells and Village of Cazenovia)
Town of Belle Plain
Town of Richmond & Town of Wescott
Vilas County
Walworth County (except the City of Burlington)
Washington County (except the City of Hartford & City of Milwaukee)
TOWN OF LARRABE
TOWN OF MUKWA
CITY OF CLINTONVILLE
TOWN OF MARION
CITY OF WAUTOMA

Winnebago County (except the City of Appleton)
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State of Wisconsin \ Elections Board
CARL HOLBORN
Chairperson
KEVIN J. KENNEDY
Executive Director
Post Office Box 2973
17 West Main Street, Suite 310
Madison, WI 53701-2973
Voice (608) 266-8005
Fax (608) 267-0500
E-mail: seb@seb.state.wi.us
http://elections.state.wi.us
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DATE: March 23, 2006
TO: Elections Board Members
FROM: Kevin J. Kennedy, Executive Director
Kristofer A. Frederick, Elections Director and HAVA Coordinator
SUBJECT: Voting Equipment Approval Status Report
Several vendors have applied for approval or contacted the State Elections Board regarding the voting equipment approval process.
AccuPoll
AccuPoll submitted its DRE Voting System, v. 2.5, which includes the AccuPoll AVS 1000 DRE Touch Screen for approval. This system and related components have been qualified under the 2002 federal Voluntary Voting System Standards and are contained under the National Association of State Elections Directors (NASED) system number N-2-13-22-22-001.
The State Elections Board staff conducted voting equipment evaluation and demonstrations for AccuPoll during the week of November 14, 2005. This voting system was approved by the Elections Board on November 30, 2005.
On January 30, 2006, AccuPoll filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Pursuant to this filing, AccuPoll ceased operations and began to liquidate its assets. Representatives from AccuPoll were notified that this system would no longer be available for use or purchase in Wisconsin, subject to appeal to the State Elections Board no later than March 1, 2006. No appeal has been submitted by AccuPoll.
Diebold
Diebold submitted its AccuVote-TSX DRE (Direct Recording Electronic) Touch Screen and AccuView Printer Module with firmware version 4.6.3, AccuVote-OS (model D) Optical Scan with firmware version 1.96.6, and the Global Elections Management System (GEMS) software version 1.18.24. All of the systems, products and versions have been qualified under the 2002 federal Voluntary Voting System Standards.
The State Elections Board staff conducted a voting equipment evaluation and a public demonstration for the Diebold equipment during October 2005. The Elections Board took no action on this equipment and requested additional information at the November 30, 2005 meeting. In December 2005, Elections Board staff was notified that the Deibold AccuVote OS and TSX utilize a memory card and Abasic component that were not tested by the independent testing lab during the qualification process. These components include interpretive code, which is prohibited by the 2002 federal VVSS. This equipment was re-examined by an Independent
Voting Equipment Approval Status Report
March 23, 2006
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Testing Agency (ITA), which determined that if procedures are implemented that assure trusted chain-of-custody is established that prevents physical tampering with the memory cards, then these units are safe for use in elections. The State Elections Board approved this equipment, along with a series of security recommendations, at the March 22, 2006 meeting.
Election Systems & Software (ES&S)
Election Systems & Software (ES&S) submitted its Unity Election Management System version 2.4.3 and the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal version 1.0 for approval. The Unity v. 2.4.3 has been qualified against the federal Voluntary Voting System Standards set by the FEC in 1990. The AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal, however, has been qualified as a stand-alone unit under the 2002 federal Voluntary Voting System Standards.
State Elections Board staff conducted a voting equipment evaluation and a public demonstration for the ES&S equipment during October 2005. Due to problems with printing the ballot for the November general election, staff was unable to test this election during October 2005. The Elections Board took no action on this equipment at the November 30, 2005 meeting.
The AutoMARK’s ability to conduct a November general election was tested in December 2005. Staff has recommended approval of the AutoMARK and Unity version 2.4.3, which will allow municipalities that use ES&S systems, including the Eagle optical scan ballot reader, to incorporate the AutoMark into their existing voting systems without the purchase of additional equipment. The AutoMARK and Unity version 2.4.3 were approved by the Elections Board on January 18, 2006.
This vendor has also notified Elections Board staff that it will submit Unity Election Management System version 3.0 and Unity Election Management System version 3.0.1.0 for approval. These systems would include both touch screen and optical scan equipment.
Populex
Populex submitted its Digital Paper Ballot System for approval. This system has been qualified to the 2002 federal Voluntary Voting System Standards. State Elections Board staff conducted a voting equipment evaluation and a public demonstration for the Populex voting system during July 2005.
During this test, it was determined that this voting system could not accommodate certain Wisconsin ballot requirements. Specific problems include a straight-party voting option for all independent candidates, predetermined ballot formats that cannot be altered and a nonpartisan option for presidential preference primaries that offers no warning that the voter has not voted in the presidential preference contest. During the August 3, 2005 meeting, the Board voted to not approve this voting system.
Staff has met and discussed these and other issues regarding the Digital Paper Ballot System with representatives from Populex on several occasions. Populex has made several changes to its Digital Paper Ballot Voting System to address Wisconsin ballot requirements. These changes are currently being examined and tested by an ITA and it is expected that this system will be scheduled for testing by the State Elections Board during April 2006.
Voting Equipment Approval Status Report
March 23, 2006
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Sequoia Voting Systems
Sequoia Voting Systems has submitted its Optech Insight optical scan ballot reader, AVC Edge with VeriVote Printer DRE system 5.024, and WinEDS 3.0.012 management software for approval. Sequoia submitted ITA reports and scheduled testing for this equipment in February 2006. All of the systems, products and versions have been qualified under the 2002 federal Voluntary Voting System Standards; however, a system number has not yet been awarded to this equipment by NASED.
State Elections Board staff conducted a voting equipment evaluation and a public demonstration for this voting equipment during March 2006. The State Elections Board approved this equipment at the March 22, 2006 meeting contingent on the receipt of final ITA reports by Elections Board staff. The vendor must also provide an advisory note to purchasers of the AVC Edge that informs the municipality that the AVC Edge can accommodate either provisional or challenged ballots, but not both types of ballots at this time.
Vote-PAD
Vote-PAD is a paper-based tactile ballot marking that can be used with optical scan ballot readers. The ballot is placed into a sleeve that aligns the ovals or arrows to be marked. The system can provide Braille or audio instructions, and the voter uses a light-sensing wand to review his or her ballot. As a non-electronic voting system, Vote-PAD is not required to be qualified to the federal Voluntary Voting System Standards, but mock elections and a public demonstration were conducted during January 2006. The Vote-PAD was approved for use in municipalities that hand-count paper ballots by the Elections Board on January 18, 2006.
Voting Technologies International
Voting Technologies International (VTI) has submitted its Touch Screen Voting System version 5.0 and its Central Optical Scan Unit version 1.0.4 for approval. This is a DRE voting system. While VTI has submitted an ITA report for the Central Optical Scan Unit, the ITA report for the Touch Screen Voting System has not been received by the Elections Board. In addition, a system identification number has not been assigned to either of these systems. Therefore, no voting equipment evaluation or public demonstration has been scheduled.
In addition, staff has noted that the VTI system produces a paper record which includes a bar code, but not a printed ballot/paper record that lists both the offices and names of the candidates selected by the voter in printed form/language. Representatives of VTI have been notified of this issue. Therefore, the VTI systems may not satisfy the requirements of 2005 Wisconsin Act 92.

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