Excerpt from press release issued by Press Secretary Dan Tapper:
HARTFORD – At a news conference today at the State Capitol, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced that twenty-five (25) cities and towns will use new optical scan voting machines during this November’s election.
The twenty-five cities and towns were chosen following a survey in which every municipality in Connecticut took part, where officials were asked if they would like to be considered for the new technology this year or wait until the 2007 elections. A total of fifty-one (51) cities and towns expressed an interest in beginning this year, and the twenty-five were chosen from there.
LHS Associates is the company chosen by the Office of the Secretary of the State in August to ultimately provide the state with 1,538 optical scan machines to replace all 3,300 lever voting machines in Connecticut by November 2007. They will provide these twenty-five towns with 253 optical scan machines and 1,167 privacy booths within in the next month, well in time for the November election, Secretary Bysiewicz said today.
Optical scan voting technology, in which a voter fills out a paper ballot and then scans it into a machine for verification, is the most common form of voting technology in America today, with more than half of the counties in America voting on optical scan machines. Optical scan technology also provides a paper trail for every vote case, in compliance with state law and the federal Help America Vote Act. The state will use $15.7 million in federal funds to purchase optical scan machines and privacy booths for every municipality by 2007, and to also cover the cost of all necessary training.
Source: Press Release, "SECRETARY OF THE STATE BYSIEWICZ ANNOUNCES
25 CITIES AND TOWNS TO BEGIN USING OPTICAL SCAN VOTING MACHINES THIS YEAR" September 13, 2006