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Statement by EAC Executive Director Tom Wilkey Reminds Officials to Review Workarounds for EAC-Certified Voting System

Posted on April 5, 2011

Recently, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) launched an investigation into Election Systems and Software’s (ES&S) Unity 3.2.0.0 voting system based upon issues discovered in the field and during testing. Election officials should continue to follow EAC’s recommended workarounds for Unity 3.2.0.0.

EAC’s recent certification of ES&S’s Unity 3.2.1.0 voting system does not fix the anomalies identified for Unity 3.2.0.0. These are two different voting systems. All of the anomalies identified during testing are still present in the 3.2.0.0 system. In fact, the updated software that could cure Unity 3.2.0.0 has not been submitted to the EAC for testing on the Unity 3.2.0.0 system. EAC eagerly awaits the submission of this information by ES&S so it can be tested, certified, and installed in the field to make sure that it will address and solve the issues experienced by Unity 3.2.0.0.

In addition, EAC certified Unity 3.2.0.0 Rev. 1 on October 8, 2010. This version of Unity 3.2.0.0 fixes the ballot skew issue identified in the Notice of Formal Investigation. Unity 3.2.0.0 Rev. 1 does not fix any of the other identified issues for Unity 3.2.0.0.

For more information about the investigation and the workarounds, please review the following information available at EAC.gov:

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