First Step for Recertification of Voting Machines

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New legislation Thursday was created to re–certify voting machines ruled unusable by Secretary of State Mike Coffman. Coffman has come under fire recently for his decision to decertify voting machines used not only by Mesa County but by many others.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich says the bill is a step in the right direction. She said, "it will allow the secretary of state to do some additional testing of the equipment this time using experienced and well trained election officials from the counties."

If Mesa County is not allowed to use the electronic voting machines, Rich said the county will use a vote by mail system. Secretary of State Coffman told all county clerks to use the vote by mail system to ensure the entire state uses the same election process.

Rich just returned from a meeting of all the county clerks in Pueblo, and she said they are all still wondering how this whole thing happened.

The bill could have a public hearing in the State House on Friday.

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