Boulder County Voting System - Overview
Major elections shocks in recent years
Florida, 2000. Say no more. Say no more....
Discovery of major flaws in most electronic voting systems, 2003
Proposed Federal legislation, HR 2239, requires a paper trail, bans
the use of undisclosed software, and requires mandatory surprise
recounts in 0.5% of jurisdictions.
Boulder is in a difficult situation
Our old DataVote system is no longer working
No modern voting standards yet from EAC/NIST - in progress, underfunded
Vendors are pushing "Digital Record Electronic" equipment that
puts your ballot at risk
Secretary of State's office says it is illegal for even the County
Clerk to compare machine results with a random hand count sample.
Colorado recount law ties our hands also - no hand recounts allowed.
Boulder has some real strengths
Commissioners are very upset about Colorado law, and are opposed to
any system without real paper ballots
Udall supports HR 2239
Dedicated and savvy citizens are working for a better system
PLAN Boulder County sent the Commissioners a letter calling for
voter-verified, full-text, physically marked paper ballots; leasing
equipment until the technical standards required by the HAVA have
been finalized; verifying the machine counts with a random sample
hand count; and full public disclosure of voting software.
I note with great respect that the job of the Elections division is
very hard. Very high stakes, hard deadlines, strict rules,
complicated systems, 100,000 voters, volunteer labor, etc.
But in this situation, we need the Elections division to engage and
fight on behalf of the citizens, working for change from the vendors,
at the Secretary of State's office, in the legislature, and on the
Instead, in hearings before the commissioners, the clerk's office has
said they have "postponed a decision to purchase a DRE", rather than
requiring alternatives to DREs, like vote marking machines which meet
accessibility requirements and simply produce paper ballots. The
Clerk has remained neutral on HR 2239 and the disclosure issue, and
has not protested the position of the Secretary of State's office
against verification of results via random sampling.
Last modified: Fri Apr 23 14:55:06 MDT 2004
Online at http://bcn.boulder.co.us/~neal/elections/boulder.html