Denver (AP) A federal commission working to improve the way
elections are run has taken the first step toward establishing voluntary programs to certify states' voting systems and accredit laboratories that test voting equipment. The effort by the Election Assistance Commission is required under the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
Chairwoman Gracia Hillman says it's designed to ensure accurate and fair elections. The National Association of State Election Directors currently uses independent testing authorities to qualify voting systems for states that want the help.
The Election Assistance Commission's actions are the first step toward removing those programs from the association. Former Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson is one of the four members of the commission.
Under the 2002 law, states must ensure that voting equipment meets certain accessibility requirements by 2006.
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