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Scanners used in 47 Colorado counties recertified for elections

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Secretary of State Mike Coffman cleared the way Thursday for 47 Colorado counties to use their optical scanners to count paper ballots in this year’s elections.

Coffman decertified most of the state’s electronic voting machines in December, including the scanners made by Hart InterCivic, citing security and accuracy concerns.

Coffman was concerned the Hart machines sometimes count stray marks inside voting boxes as votes, but he concluded it was extremely unlikely such a mistake would change the results of a race.

However, if a recount is required in a tight race involving the scanners, Coffman said every ballot would have to first be examined for stray marks and election judges would have to determine the voter’s intent.

Coffman said ballots will include a warning to voters to check their ballots for stray marks inside voting boxes.

Officials in Douglas County, which uses a Hart scanner, told Coffman they look for stray marks before feeding ballots into the scanner.

This is the second round of electronic voting gear Coffman has recertified. This week he cleared the way for the use of three types of touchscreen machines, which record votes. He’s still considering whether to recertify another kind of optical scanner used by two other counties to count paper ballots.


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