At first blush, we'd have to say this sounds like a good idea. Secretary of State Charlie Daniels says he's asked for independent review of election problems. Lagrone/Reed/RPA release criticizing Daniels seems likely to follow, however.
News release on the jump.
News release from the secretary of state, May 25
Secretary of State Charlie Daniels announced today that he has requested an independent review of issues encountered during Tuesday's primary elections. InfoSENTRY Services, Inc., of Raleigh, N.C., will analyze the process utilized in the procurement, set-up and execution of Tuesday's primary elections.
InfoSENTRY is an independent information technology services firm based in Raleigh, N.C. The company has nationwide election systems project experience with a specialized background in HAVA-related project activities.
The company will conduct a performance review of Elections Systems & Software, the state's voting equipment vendor. The review will include information gathered from ES&S, the Secretary of State and county officials. A full report is anticipated by June 30.
InfoSENTRY company president Glen Newkirk assisted the Secretary of State in drafting the state's request for proposals on new voting equipment in 2005 and helped ensure the proposals fulfilled requirements of the federal Help America Vote Act and Arkansas state law.
Daniels plans to appoint a committee comprised of representatives of the groups responsible for elections to evaluate InfoSENTRY's report and to plan the implementation of measures to assure that in November the state does not encounter the same problems experienced during the primary elections.
For more information on InfoSENTRY, visit the company's website at www.infosentry.com.