Longmont resident Jim August on Tuesday renewed his call for Boulder County’s commissioners to get rid of what he now calls a “piece of junk” — a mail ballot sorting and signature scanning machine the county bought for $220,000 last year. August, who made a similar appeal to the Board of County Commissioners last month, expressed dissatisfaction with an emailed answer from the commissioners late Monday afternoon, in which they wrote that Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall “has indicated to us that the equipment served its intended function during the (2012 general) election, allowing election staff to efficiently process mail ballot envelopes as they were delivered.”
“Even so, Clerk Hall believes it is important to verify and review the functioning of equipment,” the commissioners wrote August.” They said Hall is “undertaking a review of the functioning of this system and will be issuing the findings of that review later this spring. “Therefore, it is not appropriate for us to engage in any additional inquiry at this time,” the commissioners said, adding that they’ll be “reviewing all the relevant information once Clerk Hall has concluded her review.”
August, a Republican Party election watcher in the county clerk’s ballot processing facility last fall, has cited what he’s said were numerous software malfunctions and other major problems in the Bell and Howell ballot-envelope sorting and signature-scanning machine. On Tuesday, he referred the commissioners to clips from the clerk’s own security camera videos that he said illustrated those problems as they were happening on Oct. 26.