CHICAGO - The City of Chicago and Cook County continue to use voting machines that are illegal, the voting security group Defend the Vote contends. The group asked the Illinois State Board of Elections in a letter released to the public Wednesday that the board "fulfil its statuory obligations and assure only legally certified voting equipment is in use in Illinois."
"...[T]he Illinois State Board of Elections has knowingly permitted uncertified election equipment to be used in multiple elections in Illinois by Chicago and Suburban Cook County election authorities.These elections include the Federal General election in November 2012, the Special Congressional election, and the two Consolidated elections in 2013," Sharon Meroni, the group's executive director writes.
Illinois election code 5/24c-16 requires that all voting systems be approved by the Illinois State Board of Elections, fulfill functional requirements provided by Section 24c-11, mandatory requirements of the federal voting system standards pertaining to Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting systems promulgated by the FEC or the EAC, the testing requirements of an approved independent testing authority, and the Administrative Rules of the State Board of Elections, the letter says.
Ms. Meroni accuses the Illinois State Board of Elections of not acting on the group's complaints and appearing not to be taking Defend the Vote's complaints seriously, as demonstrated in a recent board meeting.
"While the Board’s stonewalling silence at the October Board meeting may have been humorous or engaging to those of you at the Board, your coordinated lack of engagement on a critical issue that impacts millions of voters in Illinois reeks of back room deals and coordination," Meroni says.
The Dominion voting system that remains in use in Chicago and Cook County is the focus of Defend the Vote's complaint, specifically the WinEDS 4.0 plus related equipment including the Insight, Edge2Plus, HAAT, and the 400c models.
The Dominion Company website says the WinEDS 4.0 system complies with the 2002 Voting System Standards (VSS) issued by the US Federal Government. "These standards ensure that all of the following systems have been government-certified to be accurate, reliable and dependable," Dominion says.
The website then lists EDGE2PLUS TOUCH SCREEN, EDGE2 TOUCH SCREEN, OPTECH INSIGHT and Optech Insight Plus as well as OPTECH 400-C as compliant.
Read Defend the Vote's entire complaint letter, asking for a reply from the Illinois Board of Elections HERE.