April 14, 2015
Richmond, VA - ProgressVA today released the following statement from executive director Anna Scholl regarding the State Board of Elections' decision to immediately decertify AVS WinVote voting machines in use across the commonwealth.
"We thank the State Board of Elections for taking this important and necessary step to protect election security in the commonwealth. Every voter should be confident his or her vote is secure and will be counted. While these machines may have once been state of the art, as technology has advanced they have become outdated and are no longer secure. It would be the height of irresponsibility to wait for a catastrophe to occur before taking action. Our elections should be free, fair, and accessible. Unfortunately, members of the General Assembly rejected an opportunity earlier this year to help local communities purchase new voting machines that would have promoted election security and accessibility. These new developments illustrate how shortsighted legislators were and emphasize a renewed need for Virginia leaders to invest in our democracy and ensure every eligible voter can participate without barriers."