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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Election problems

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2006 at 5:23 PM

Secretary of State Charlies Daniels' office reports on a meeting of the bipartisan group reviewing primary election problems. It was the voting machine company's fault, says he. The office release is on the jump.

NEWS RELEASE

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels and the bipartisan Voting System Performance Review Committee today reviewed the completed report analyzing Arkansas's primary election.

The report by InfoSentry Services outlined findings and recommendations on the following topics:  Project planning, organization, and management; meetings and meeting management; testing and test management; documentation management; risk management and issue tracking; training and communications; and comments made by the counties.

Discussion focused largely on Finding 5.0 under Project Planning, Organization, and Management.  This finding states "ES&S did not commit adequate resources to the Arkansas voting system project until after other states' elections concluded [even when those other state's contracts were signed after Arkansas's], which was too late to allow sufficient testing, sufficient equipment programming, and ballot printing to meet critical early voting, absentee, and Election Day deadlines."  In response to this finding, the report recommends "ES&S...document to the State the names of every person at ES&S working on any component of the Arkansas voting system implementation project."

"This report appears to be very thorough and complete," said Secretary Daniels.  "I'm hopeful that we will be able to implement the recommendations in a timely manner and with the full cooperation of ES&S."

The committee members present at the today's meeting were Carroll Garner, Acting Chair, State Board of Election Commissioners; Rep. Jim Medley of Fort Smith; Sarah Agee, Governor's Office; Atty. Tim Humphries, Secy. of State's Office; Kent Walker, Pulaski Co. Election Commission; Jim Gandy, Boone Co. Election Commission; and Faron Ledbetter, President, Arkansas County Clerks Association.

The report is the result of an independent review of issues encountered during the statewide primary election called for by Secretary Daniels following the election.  The committee will meet again at the end of the month to announce any addendums to the report.

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