Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Deschene law brings more expertise to Arizona voting machines

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bill that brings more protection to voters’ ballots at the polls has been signed into law.

House Bill 2729, sponsored by Rep. Chris Deschene, D-St. Michaels (District 2) requires at least one member of the committee that reviews recording or tabulating machines for election purposes to have more expertise.

“This bill improves laws that protect our fundamental right to vote,” Deschene said. “This most basic American value is a right afforded to every citizen and we need to make sure his or her vote is counted without error.”

HB 2729 states that at least one member of the three-member committee established to test and investigate various types of vote recording or tabulating machines or devices must have at least five years of experience. They must be able to render an opinion based on knowledge, training or education in electronic voting systems, procedures and security.

The new requirements will go into effect in 2011.

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