Officials expect to meet voting machine deadline
Despite uncertainty about whether the state will certify voting machines, Nevada County officials said they expect to meet federal regulations for accessible voting in time for the February 2008 presidential primary.
A $1.4-million purchase of a Hart InterCivic voting system for disability access at the polls passed muster June 12 with the Board of Supervisors.
But board members worried about the system’s efficiency and whether the California secretary of state would approve it in time for next year’s primary.
County clerk-recorder candidate Gregory Diaz said he was impressed with the Hart system. Diaz gave his opinion during a public interview for the job at last week’s meeting.
“In the real world, Hart is good about getting the bugs out of their technology,” Diaz said. But he added in warning, “If it’s not covered in the contract, Hart is going to charge us.”
The county already has protected itself in its contract with Hart, Auditor-Controller and Acting County Clerk-Recorder Marcia Salter said.
“Within the contract, we would not accept delivery until the system is certified by the secretary of state,” Salter said.
State certifiers will review two of Hart’s eight systems. The county will get the most current version upon certification, Salter said.
If Secretary of State Debra Bowen does not certify either system by Aug. 5, the county gets to use the best Hart version available, Salter said.
If both Hart systems fail certification tests, the county probably would lease equipment to meet the disability voting guidelines as it did last year, Salter said. The county later could buy a Hart upgrade or another system, she said.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4237.
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