Sunday, December 21, 2003

County's voting machines aren't federally approved

By Warren Lutz, Fairfield Daily Republic, 12/20/03


"After hearing Diebold's system had not yet passed federal tests, District 2 Supervisor John Silva suggested Friday that it might be easier for the county to use paper ballots with Diebold's optical scanning equipment in March.

"I still have concerns with Diebold," Silva said. "Why not just go to optical scan?"

District 1 Supervisor Barbara Kondylis said the county is bound to its contract with Diebold but also expressed concern with the lack of state and federal certification on the new machines.

She, too, didn't know until this week that the systems had not passed federal tests.

"If they're not certified, that may change things," Kondylis said."

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