Thursday, January 3, 2008

Colorado Secretary of State wants paper ballots for 2008

Yesterday's Government Technology magazine featured this story reporting on Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman's support for an all-paper ballot election in his state this year. Colorado joins California, New Mexico and Florida among the states that are severely limiting use of electronic voting machines in this presidential election year. Excerpts from yesterday's story are below.


Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman last week announced his recommendation to the Legislature for a polling place election using paper ballots for the 2008 presidential election.

"I have more confidence in having votes cast on paper ballots at the polls rather than relying exclusively on electronic voting machines or in voting by mail. If Douglas County had paper ballots available for voters at their vote centers in the 2006 mid-term election they would not have the distinction of having the last vote cast in the country sometime after 1:00 am on the following day." said Coffman.

According to Coffman, the Legislature needs to remember that federal law still requires that at least one handicapped accessible electronic voting machine be made available in every voting location. If Colorado holds an all mail ballot general election, then at least one of these machines still will be required at every place in the county that voters are allowed to drop off ballots. "No matter how the Legislature ultimately decides to conduct the election, we will still need some electronic voting machines," Coffman stated.

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