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A Crazy Way To Run An Election by Susan Pynchon
Paul Craft, the Chief of the Bureau of Voting System Certification, told me three weeks ago in a telephone call that "state law has always been interpreted to mean that results must be accumulated at the precinct, but we now realize that is not the case."
In an odd twist, Paul Craft, Chief of the Florida Bureau of Voting Systems Certification (who also serves on the NASED approval committee for NASED qualification of voting systems) sent me two emails, one dated June 30 and the second dated July 1, 2005.
At that time, I had never met nor spoken with Mr. Craft
added my name to a list of recipients of these two emails that included all the Supervisors of Elections in Florida who have Diebold systems
Why did he
send me these two emails?
I believe it was an attempt to distance himself from the Optical Scan Accumulator Adaptor debacle.
I have never, before or since, received an email from Mr. Craft
The emails from Craft
contradict each other.
In the first email, Craft states that the OSAA has been shipped to two Supervisors of Elections.
In the second email, he
corrects the first, stating that the OSAA wasn't shipped because it's not being manufactured yet. (In fact, it has not yet been invented, according to a reliable Diebold source.) This is a device that is included in every Diebold contract in Florida and Craft
didn't know that it isn't being manufactured yet?
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Paul Craft, the director of Florida's Bureau of Voting Systems Certification also announced his resignation at almost exactly the same moment, just before the last November election.
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, a 25-year state employee and the head of the Bureau of Voting Systems Certification
through Florida's past two elections, said the 'horrendous' workload ever since the 2000 election has proven overwhelming, and he
left to start his
own consulting company.
'Me and my staff were coming into the November general election in 2000 fairly exhausted and just kind of looking forward to taking some time and relaxing,' Craft said. 'That never happened.'
Craft also said the repeated calls from other states seeking help in certifying their touch-screen voting machines just seemed like too good a business opportunity to pass up.
'There's not a lot of people in the country that know how to do it,' said Craft
, who will continue living in Tallahassee to start his
new company, Paul Craft Inc.
Hood's resignation, offered Tuesday, is effective Nov. 21, and Craft's last day will be Nov. 30.
At that point, Florida will have less than a year to prepare for the 2006 elections.
But elections officials do not believe that will harm the success of the next elections.
Pasco County Elections Supervisor Kurt Browning, a legislative director for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections
, said the system Hood and Craft
implemented resulted in a smooth election in 2004 and should result in an equally flawless election next year.
was against touch-screen machines for the 2002 elections, saying at the time that there was not enough time to certify the technology used in the machines, he
later became a staunch defender of them.
Florida's use of the machines in 15 counties prompted complaints and lawsuits that the machines offer no paper trail, a shortfall that Craft
then argued was unnecessary because of the efficiency of the machines.
Browning, whose county uses touch-screen machines, said Craft
was able to ensure their validity to the point that he
has become a nationally recognized expert on validating the machines.
That's partly why he
calls the resignation of Hood and Craft
in the same week a coincidence and not some cleaning out of the Secretary of State's office.
'I think the state would have been crazy to have forced Paul
States and Localities Prepare for Jan. 1 HAVA and Electronic Voting Deadline - Dec 02, 2005
Paul CraftPaul Craft of the Florida Secretary of State's Office, said the Florida Legislature decided to set standards without waiting for the new federal standards to come out.He
said that standards should be clear, understandable, consistent and reasonable, and not "include stuff that hasn't been invented yet."
"We provide a third-tier technical assistance to counties for acceptance testing, and system integrity, or if a system is challenged in court ...We require each county to use approved security and operational procedures, and those must be filed with the state office and approved."Last session, said Craft
, ballot accounting rules were upgraded, since during the 2004 elections the state discovered some counties were not doing ballot accounting.
Florida also requires a "conduct of election" report, said Craft
, so that problems that occur comes to the state's attention, and a solution can be worked out with vendors."There's no good reward for reporting problems," he
said."You made a choice of systems, and then if you admit a problem exists, it hits the papers, and you are likely to be attacked for it."The press, the public, and the marketing people from competing vendors all jump in, he
And finally, said Craft
, beginning in January, distribution of uncertified systems is a felony in Florida.
Open Source » Blog Archive » Suggest a Show: November 2005
A presentation of state election officials titled "What Happens Now" includes Paul Craft, Nick Handy, Dr. Brit Williams, and Connie Schmidt.
...Craft, an officer in the Florida Secretary of State's office, previously headed Florida's Bureau of Voting Systems Certification and was responsible for ensuring accuracy of new voting machines during the 2000 presidential election debacle.Craft resigned from the state's Division of Elections to start his own consulting company, which advises other states on purchase of election equipment.He has also served on a Technology Guidance Committee appointed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), where he solicited testimony from vendor engineers resulting in a vote to delete new standards.