Connecticut's wild ride on the path to a new voting system has come to a screeching halt. Until late December, the state had been racing toward purchasing new voting machines to satisfy the Jan. 1 deadline for HAVA or Help America Vote Act. This new law mandates, with accompanying funds, that every polling place have a voting system that allowed for private and independent voting access to the handicapped. Connecticut's plans to comply with the law came unraveled between late December and early January.
The majority of Connecticut municipalities are stocked with lever machines, equipment deemed non-compliant with HAVA. In September, the Elections Assistance Committee determined that lever voting machines did not meet HAVA requirements and could not be used. Thus, Connecticut was furiously pursuing a plan to replace the lever machines by purchasing new voting machines.