Ysursa hosting public hearing on certification of new Idaho election software

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa seeks public comment at a Sept. 18 hearing as part of the legally mandated process to certify a new vote-counting system.

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

Ysursa’s office is testing new software to manage ballot creation, machine programing and results reporting.

The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. in the east conference room of the Joe R. Williams Building (Hall of Mirrors), 700 W. State St. in Boise.

Ysursa’s news release follows:

 

PRESS RELEASE

Voting System Certification Hearing

Set for Wednesday, September 18.

Secretary Ben Ysursa today announced a Voting System Certification Hearing for the Election Systems and Software (ES&S) EVS 5000 voting system.

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 system being tested includes the EVS Election Management System software, which manages ballot creation, machine programing and results reporting.  The new software being examined works with the ES&S equipment that has been certified and is currently used in the state.

Equipment includes the AutoMARK ballot marking device for accessible voting, the DS200 precinct count tabulator and the DS850 central count tabulator which count optical scanned paper ballots. 

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 Wednesday September 18, 2013 in the JR Williams Building, 700 West State Street, East Conference Room, Boise, Idaho beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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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