Hearings set next week on upgrades for Idaho election software, tabulators

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa will conduct public hearing March 14 and 15 at 8:30 a.m. to hear public input on a new software system and counting machines.

The hearings will take place in the J.R. Williams Building (Hall of Mirrors) at 700 W. State St. in Boise, in the West Conference Room.

A Tuesday news release from Ysursa follows:

System Certification Hearing Set for Thursday and Friday, March 14th and 15th.

Secretary Ben Ysursa today announced a Voting System Certification Hearing for the
Election Systems and Software (ES&S) Unity software upgrade and two new

The certification hearing is part of the process to approve new voting systems for use in
the state. Voting Systems must be certified by the Secretary of State before use in the
state pursuant to section 34-2409, of the Idaho Code.

The equipment being tested includes the DS200 precinct count tabulator and the DS850
central count tabulator which count optical scanned paper ballots. The system software
has been improved to enhance performance of previously certified equipment in the

Secretary Ysursa said, “Any citizen who would like to participate in the hearing process
is invited to attend. Public comment is important and appreciated when we examine a
system that counts our votes.”

The certification hearing will be held Thursday, March 14th, and Friday, March 15th, 2013
in the JR Williams Building, 700 West State Street, West Conference Room, Boise, Idaho beginning at 8:30 AM both days.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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