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Alaska: Touch Screen Voting Too Risky For Upcoming Elections PDF Print Email
By Kay Brown, Alaska Democratic Party   
August 11, 2006
Diebold's Federal Certification May Not Be Valid

 

The Division of Elections should not use Diebold touch screen voting machines in upcoming elections due to reports that Diebold fraudulently obtained certification, the Alaska Democratic Party said today.
 
Alaska's electronic voting machine vendor, Diebold Elections Systems, may have defrauded the federal certification process for its touch screen voting machines by withholding source code from review, according to a report published by Vote Trust USA, a national non-partisan, non-profit group devoted to ensuring the integrity of elections.
 
Under Alaska law, voting machines and vote tally systems must be in compliance with the voting system standards approved by the Federal Election Commission before they can be used in a state election.
 
Given the potential that Diebold’s touch screen machines depend on software that has been reviewed by no one except Diebold, and the potential that federal certification requirements have not been met, the Democratic Party urged the Division of Elections not to use its Accuvote TSx touch screen machines in the upcoming elections.


"Our elections are too important to risk the chance that votes will be cast and counted by a voting system that may not be properly certified," said Jake Metcalfe, chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.
 
The Division of Elections plans to use touch screen voting machines for the first time in the August 22 Primary Election.
 
For additional information, see the letter from the Alaska Democratic Party to Lt. Gov. Loren Leman and Elections Director Whitney Brewster.
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