Why ES&S is in Trouble with California

According to Computer World:

Election Systems & Software Inc. (ES&S) sold nearly 1,000 electronic-voting machines that were not certified to five California counties in 2006, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Tuesday.

“Given that each machine costs about $5,000, it appears ES&S has taken $5 million out of the pockets of several California counties,” Bowen said in a statement.

ES&S sold 972 of its AutoMark Phase 2 Model A200 units, even though the company never submitted that version of the AutoMark machine to the secretary of state’s office for certification in California, Bowen said. ES&S delivered hundreds of the Model A200s to California counties before the model was certified by federal election officials in August 2006, she said.