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From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Feb 13 2008 - 13:51:06 CST

E-Vote: Colorado to Begin Recertification of Voting
Feb 12, 2008, News Report

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter yesterday signed bipartisan legislation that will
allow Secretary of State Mike Coffman to begin the review and recertification
process for electronic voting machines that the secretary decertified in

House Bill 08-1155's chief sponsors were Rep. David Balmer,
R-Centennial, and Sen. Ken Gordon, D-Denver.

"Access to electronic voting
machines is required by federal law and is essential for those in the disabled
community who wish to vote without the assistance of another person," Gov.
Ritter said. "Many of the machines were decertified due to problems that can be
addressed by simply upgrading software or hardware or making other changes to
how the machines are used.

"Current law prevents the secretary from
taking these changes into account without going through a lengthy process that
will not give our county clerks adequate time to prepare for the 2008
elections," Ritter added. "House Bill 1155 will allow the secretary to move
forward quickly without compromising the accuracy and security of our voting
equipment. This will allow for necessary, limited use of electronic voting
machines this year.

"We are still moving ahead with legislation for
statewide paper-ballot elections. Paper ballots in precincts are a
tried-and-true approach that will enable county clerks to plan for the elections
in an environment that minimizes the risk of litigation and maximizes the
likelihood of success."

Said Rep. Balmer: "This bill will give Secretary
Coffman the ability to take certain decertified machines back through the
process as quickly as possible without reducing the stringent requirements we
have in Colorado."

Said Sen. Gordon: "We are doing this in a bipartisan
way. We want the people of Colorado to have confidence that they will be able to
vote, and that their votes will count. We will have a good election process that
the people of Colorado can be proud of."


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