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'Future of Voting in California' Hearing, Sacramento, Feb. 8

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Just learned of this.  Not sure there has been any widespread public announcement by SoS office.

This announcement (attached) went out to the county registrars and clerks.

An important meeting to make in person, for those of you who can.

The original is posted at:   http://www.sos.ca.gov/voting-systems/hearings/

--Dan Ashby

The Future of Voting in California:
The People, the Equipment, the Costs


Secretary of State's Office
First Floor Auditorium

February 8, 2010, 10:00 a.m.

I. Introductory Remarks

  • Debra Bowen, Secretary of State

II. Heading into 2010: Taking Stock of the Post-HAVA
Voting System and Election Administration Environment

  • Brian Hancock, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • Lowell Finley, Office of the California Secretary of State
  • Doug Chapin, Pew Center on the States

III. Existing Voting Systems in California

  • John Groh, Election Systems & Software
  • Eric Coomer, Sequoia Voting Systems
  • Marcus MacNeill, Hart Inter Civic
  • McDermot Coutts, Unisyn Voting Solutions
  • Curt Fielder, DFM Associates

IV. New Developments in Voting and Election Administration

  • Bob Carey, Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • Gregory Miller, Trust the Vote/Open Source Digital Voting Foundation
  • Efrain Escobedo, Los Angeles County, Voting Systems Assessment Project
  • Bill O'Neill, Runbeck Election Services
  • Sandy McConnell, King County Elections, State of Washington

V. Public Comment Period


See instructions below for submitting written testimony.


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February 2, 2010
County ClerklRegistrar of Voters (CCROV) Memorandum #10050

TO: All County Clerks / Registrars of Voters

FROM:
Jennnie Bretsclmeider
Assistant Chief Deputy Secretary of State

RE: Voting Systems: Public Infonnational Hearing on the Future ofVoling in California

Secretary of State Debra Bowen will be hosting a public informational hearing on "The Future of Voting in California: The People, the Equipment, the Costs" to be held Monday, February 8, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Secretary of State's auditorium at 1500 11th Street in Sacramento.

Attached is the agenda for the hearing.

Anyone can view a live webcast of the hearing by going to
 http://www.sos.ca.gov/voting-systems/hearings/

 The public is invited to attend and to provide testimony during the public comment portion of the hearing.

Written comments may also be submitted prior to or following the hearing and should  be addressed to:

Secretary of State Debra Bowen
1500 11th Street, 6th  Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Jennie Bretschneider


or via email to votingsvstems@sos.ca.gov
 
All written comments will be posted on the Secretary of State' s website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Voting Systems Technology Assessment

at (916) 653-7244 or via email at voyingsystems@sos.ca.gov.

 
 
Dan Ashby
Co-Founder, Director
ElectionDefenseAlliance.org


EDA mail:      Dan@electiondefensealliance.org
Phone:
 
          877.375.3930

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The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which all other rights are protected.
To take away this right is to reduce a
man to slavery. . . Thomas Paine

E-Vendors Dominate "Future of California Voting" Hearing

Source: Capital Public Radio, KXJZ Sacramento, CA

California's Electronic Voting Booths Need An Upgrade But It Won't Be Cheap

Aired 2/8/2010 on All Things Considered Aired
2/9/2010 on Morning Edition


Sacramento, CA -- California elections officials say their computerized voting booths are in need of upgrades, but they can’t afford to make big improvements. Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports: Listen

 

CA-SoS-panel-future-voting-020810Two statewide elections are coming up later this year but local elections officials say they’re working with outdated electronic voting booths. 

Private companies that sell the equipment say the state and counties would be better off buying new systems rather than trying to modernize the old equipment.

That would require millions of dollars that governments don’t have right now.


At a public hearing on the issue in Sacramento, some citizens urged the officials to get rid of electronic voting, period.

Photo: Steve Shadley, Capital Public Radio


Tom Courbat is with the Riverside County group Save Our Vote:

Courbat:
“We’re not convinced there is enough security in these voting systems to justify continuing to purchase them. We have seen demonstrations over and over again of machines being hacked...”

Courbat says it would be more secure if voters cast paper ballots that would be counted by hand.  
But advocates for the disabled say not everyone can fill out a paper ballot.



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