Fwd: Colorado:VotingMachines:"The card activators that plagued Denver primaries were bought secondhand from Chicago after that city's own election issues. "

From: Jerry Lobdill <lobdillj_at_charter_dot_net>
Date: Tue Sep 26 2006 - 13:09:07 CDT

Are "card activators" storage devices for transferring ballot
definition files to machines and for reading tallies off of
individual voting machines? They seem to have only 50 of them--much
too few to be one per voting machine. And the statement that they
have a system that "transmits" tallies to the central tabulator fro
meach machine sounds ominous.

Also, in Colorado, how do cities get involved in the voting? I
thought things were handled at the precinct, county, and state level
without city governments being involved.

>denver & the west | election 2006
>Voting equipment not new
>The card activators that plagued Denver primaries were bought
>secondhand from Chicago after that city's own election issues.
>By George Merritt
>Denver Post Staff Writer
>The voting equipment that caused problems in Denver's primary
>elections last month was purchased secondhand from Chicago after
>that city's well-publicized election issues.
>But Denver Election Commission spokesman Alton Dillard said Monday
>that the voter "card activators" Denver bought are reliable and
>purchased at a cost savings for the city.
>"The card (activators) work just fine," Dillard said. "This is just
>part of somebody's wild conspiracy" to affect voter confidence.
>The equipment, however, will not be used in November's general
>election because a pattern of Denver voters getting the wrong ballot
>was blamed on the activators, which program the proper ballot for voters.
>That the equipment was purchased used came as news to Denver City
>Council members, who signed off on $1.4 million worth of federal
>grants for Sequoia Voting Systems machines in May - weeks after
>problems in Chicago.
>"I definitely have never heard that," Councilwoman Carol Boigon said
>of the pre-owned equipment.
>She said she plans to ask Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's
>administration to allow the city's information-technology employees
>to work with the Election Commission - a departure from protocol,
>given the commission's independence from the city.
>Councilwoman Rosemary Rodriguez said she too was surprised.
>"I kind of wish we had known that as we were making decisions," she said.
>In Chicago, voter tallies were not completed for as much as a week,
>according to Associated Press reports.
>The city replaced its activators with a system that transmitted
>tallies from every machine to allow the vote count to come in
>quickly, Dillard said.
>Denver bought 50 card activators for $35,000.
>Dillard said the commission saved $10,000 on the purchase. The
>actual voting machines were brand new.
>He said Denver made a choice not to transmit voter counts from each
>machine to protect against hackers.
>Questions about the equipment came last week when City Auditor
>Dennis Gallagher sent a letter to Election Commission executive
>director John Gaydeski saying that if the activators do not work,
>"proper restitution" should be made.
>Staff writer George Merritt can be reached at 303-954-1657 or

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