Lab May Lose Accreditation to Test Voting Machines

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Denver (AP) The Federal Election Assistance Commission plans to suspend Systest Laboratories' accreditation to test voting machines, but officials say the action won't affect equipment used in next week's elections.

The EAC notified Denver-based Systest Wednesday. The company has three days to respond before EAC makes a final decision.

Mark Phillips, Systest's Vice President of Compliance Services, didn't immediately respond to a telephone message.

The Eac says Systest lost a required certification from the national institute of standards and technology. The institute says it found problems with the company's testing methods, its training and its statements to manufacturers.

Officials say the action would affect only machines that Systest is reviewing for future elections.