Report: Company That Certifies E-Voting Machines Decertified

The U.S. government has temporarily barred the company responsible for guarding the integrity of most electronic voting systems in the United States from doing its job, according to a news report.

Ciber Inc. of Greenwood Village, Colo., apparently wasn’t following its own quality control procedures and couldn’t prove it was conducting all the tests it said would, reports The New York Times.

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Ciber is the largest tester of electronic voting software in the U.S. The company says it’s working on its problems and hopes to be recertified soon.

The federal Election Assistance Commission decertified Ciber last summer prior to the congressional midterm election in November. But the decertification wasn’t made public until recently. The systems that Ciber had previously certified were nonetheless used in the 2006 election.

The commission began a new oversight program in July and almost immediately found problems with Ciber, the newspaper reports. Among the problems: vote-counting software and security against hacking were not thoroughly tested.