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  • bruce meyer
    I inquired about Denver s voting machines and got the following response. I ll request sales and technical info from Sequoia. or visit them?! anybody downtown,
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 28, 2003
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      I inquired about Denver's voting machines and got the following response.
      I'll request sales and technical info from Sequoia. or visit them?!

      anybody downtown, please check out what they will tell you.

      bruce meyer
      -----Original Message-----
      Denver Election Commission
      Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 1:35 PM
      To: 'bruce@...'
      Subject: RE: Denver's machines and IRV


      Bruce,

      The precinct voting machines used by Denver are AVC Advantage, DRE type
      machines manufactured by Sequoia Voting Systems, Jamestown, NY. The
      machines are certified and tested by laboratories certified by the National
      Association of State Election Directors and authorized by the Federal
      Election Commission. Machines used in Colorado must be certified by the
      Colorado Secretary of State. An audit trail can be printed out after an
      election which reconstructs ballots but can not be tagged to an individual
      voter. Absolute voter privacy was the intent when this equipment was
      designed.
      The optical scan machines used for paper ballot reading in Denver are also
      Sequoia products.
      As far as modifying the machines for IRV or more in depth technical answers
      you may want to contact Sequoia directly, they have an office in Denver:

      Sequoia Voting Systems
      1800 Glenarm Place 80202
      303.446.8683

      Paul Casper
      Denver Election Commission

      -----Original Message-----
      From: bruce meyer [mailto:bruce@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 12:30 PM
      To: CasperP@...
      Subject: Denver's machines and IRV


      Hello Paul,

      Bruce Meyer of Denver here looking into the voting machines Denver uses.

      What Brand and Model of voting machine/system do we use for polling place
      elections? I was an election judge a couple years back and oversaw the
      process and cartridge removal, but forgot the brand of unit.
      Are these units certified by an independent agency in any way? By the Sec of
      State?
      Is there always a paper trail to verify the vote count if in question and/or
      can printed paper trail be turnedon/created for voters to confirm their vote
      was tallied as per their intention?

      and can the machines be adapted for Instant Runoff Voting/Rank Choice Voting
      where many candidates could be ranked 1,2,3.... and then accounted for in
      the elimination process necessary for a majority winner without a runoff?

      more info at http://www.fairvote.org/irv/

      What brand and model of mail-in paper ballot counting machines do we use?
      Are these units certified by an independent agency in any way? By the Sec of
      State?
      Can the machines be adapted for Instant Runoff Voting/Rank Choice Voting
      where many candidates could be ranked 1,2,3.... and then accounted for in
      the elimination process necessary for a majority winner without a runoff?

      Finally, do you have confirmation and documented proof that the machines
      can't be manipulated to output results differing from the intention of the
      voters?

      An overly detailed answer would be welcome. Or please call me at work
      303.837.0872 or home 303.284.4369 if these questions could be better
      answered voice to voice. And a lunch is always a great idea as I'm near
      downtown!

      Thank you for your attention and service,

      Bruce Meyer
      Denver




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