8/9/06 - Testify in Support of VotePAD at California Certification Hearing, Sacramento

CA Elections Staff Advises Against Non-electronic Voting Alternative for Disabled
Election activists support VotePAD as secure, low-cost, more accessible than electronic voting machines

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Time: Demonstration and press conference, 9:00 a.m.
State voting system certification hearings, 10:00 a.m.

Place: Secretary of State’s Office at 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA

Event: Demonstration and press conference by California Election Protection Network prior to state voting systems certification hearing

Subject: Vote-PAD is the first non-computerized voting assistive device to be proposed for use in California elections to enable persons with disabilities to vote independently at the polls using paper ballots. The VotePAD is being evaluated for possible use as a disability access solution in conjunction with optical scan electronic voting systems by vendors Hart (System 6.2) and Diebold (GEMS-Accu-Vote OS).

Please see VotePAD entry under Press Releases for in-depth background with links to primary source material.
You can also send in written commmentary for the hearing record; see address instructions below.


Members of the public are encouraged to submit written comments on agenda items.

Written comment should be sent by US mail to the address (below) or by email to VotingSystemComment@ss.ca.gov.

The public comment period extends 30 days past the hearing date (closes Sept. 8, 2006).

Those wishing to provide oral comment at a meeting should complete a speaker’s card upon arrival.
In all cases, the presiding officer reserves the right to impose time limits onpresentations as may be necessary to ensure that the agenda is completed.

Those wishing to provide an extended statement shouldsubmit a request via the email address above
or contact Bruce McDannold at (916) 653-7244 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

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These are the VotePAD report files you can download and study in preparation for oral or written comments to enter in the hearing record.

Available for download at: http://ss.ca.gov/elections/elections_vs.htm

# Vote-PAD/DESI & Vote-PAD/Hart Systems: Staff Report
# Vote-PAD/DESI & Vote-PAD/Hart Systems: Consultant's Report
# Vote-PAD/DESI & Vote-PAD/Hart Systems Testing: Monitor Procedures
# Vote-PAD/DESI & Vote-PAD/Hart Systems Testing: Monitor Records, Day 1
# Vote-PAD/DESI & Vote-PAD/Hart Systems Testing: Monitor Records, Day 2
# Vote-PAD/DESI & Vote-PAD/Hart Systems Testing: Exit Surveys, Day 1
# Vote-PAD/DESI & Vote-PAD/Hart Systems Testing: Exit Surveys, Day 2
# Vote-PAD/DESI Proposed Use Procedures
# Vote-PAD/Hart Proposed Use Procedures