CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the first time in eight years, the <co >State Election Commission is expected to certify a new voting system for use in state elections when it meets Friday afternoon.
Commissioners will be asked to certify the EVS 188.8.131.52 system manufactured by Elections Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb., for use in elections statewide.
Jake Glance, spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, said a key advance in the new system is that it incorporates a high-speed digital scan central ballot counter, which can record and tabulate ballots faster than optical-scan ballot counters currently in use.
"It will make the counting process faster," he said Thursday. "It's all about speed and accuracy."
Under state election law and the federal Help America Vote Act, voting systems must be tested to verify security and accuracy at both the federal and state level.
The United States Election Assistance Commission gave federal certification to the EVS 184.108.40.206 on May 16.
On Aug. 23, independent consultants Steve Hyre and Tony Schilesser evaluated the system components and software during a presentation and inspection in the Secretary of State's offices, and submitted a report dated Sept. 5 to the State Election Commission.
Their report concludes that the system conforms with state requirements for electronic voting systems.