By Press Release
December 16, 2004
Electronic/Paper-Ballot Hybrid Provides Unique Approach to Meet New Federal Requirements
CHICAGO, Dec. 16 2004/PRNewswire/ -- The federal Election Assistance
Commission (EAC) and National Association of State Election Directors
(NASED) have approved a new, innovative voting machine that is the
first electronic system to meet new federal standards by combining the
advantages, flexibility and simplicity of computer-based touch screen
voting with the assurances provided by a tangible paper ballot.
By using the best of both approaches, the Populex system is designed to
restore voter confidence that their votes will be counted accurately.
The Populex voting system is one of the first to be certified under the
new, more stringent 2002 federal voting system standards, which many
states will require for state certification. Systems used in the
2004 elections were certified to the 1990 standards that permit a host
of problems that are still coming to light. Many companies are
jury-rigging these older systems in an attempt to compensate for their
shortcomings. In contrast, the Populex voting system was designed from
the start with the new regulations, customer demands and people with
disabilities in mind.