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North Dakota and Nebraska Quietly Stay All Paper PDF Print Email
By Warren Stewart, Director of Legislative Issues and Policy   
October 25, 2005
With little public notice, both North Dakota and Nebraska have decided to join the swelling ranks of states that have passed on paperless Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting machines and opted instead for optical scan systems that utilize ballot-marking devices to comply with requirements for disabled accessibility.

Wyoming, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Idaho, Montana, and several other states have also chosen to meet the HAVA disability access requirements through the use of ballot marking devices rather than paperless electronic machines. This calls into questions the claims by election officials in New Mexico, New York, California, and other states that ballot-marking devices are somehow not HAVA compliant.

On October 13, at a meeting of county auditors and election workers North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that all 53 counties in his state would be complying with HAVA through the use of one ballot-marking device in each precinct. Each of the states 575 polling places will be equipped with an ES&S optical scanner and an AutoMark, developed by Vogue Election Systems and marketed by ES&S.

Neither North Dakota nor Nebraska have legislated requirements for a paper audit trail, but the fact that optical scan ballots are inherently voter verified and provide a paper record for audits and recounts appears to have been an important factor in each state’s decision.

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale announced his state's decision on October 25. "Under HAVA, we're required to equip our election officials with an election system that will meet the federal mandates," Gale said. "We're pleased that ES&S can furnish us with a unique voting system consisting of the ES&S AutoMARK and optical-scan equipment. This combination continues a solid relationship of Nebraska with ES&S and provides us with a paper-ballot system that is uniform across the state."

“A paper-ballot system has a lot of advantages,” Gale commented. “It’s reliable and cost-effective, voters find it easy to use, and the ability to conduct accurate recounts is preserved.”

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