[Fwd: [voting-rights] Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting today]

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Tue Aug 02 2005 - 17:29:43 CDT

I'm forwarding the message below because there's discussion of ballot
marking devices not being certified and I seem to recall somebody at OVC
getting a statement from the SecState's office that a "pure ballot
marker" may not need full certification? My memory is fuzzy on this
point...can somebody check this out and reply?


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [voting-rights] Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting today
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 15:07:16 -0700
From: Michelle Gabriel <mwg@jmbaai.com>
To: voting-rights <voting-rights@yahoogroups.com>

A few of us toughed it out to the end. We all said our piece. Then
Keith Carson spoke. He started with saying that first he wanted to make
it clear that the vote of last time was not rushed into. The item had
been on the agenda, had been delyaed that June meeting, and that it was
to be voted on at that meeting.

Then he said normally the BoS does not comment on anything in the public
commentary but this time he would. He went on to summarize what has
been happening and said little of substance.

But there was one important item that came out of this -

Keith Carson said that Elaine Ginnold would be presenting a report to
the BoS on Sept 19th that looks at all the option for voting. To get the
exact wording, you would probably have to listen to the recording of the

We need to get our input into that report and make sure that we feel it
is fair and accurate!!! Let's not be blind sided like we were at the
last meeting when Elaine handed out that table showing that getting a
new system would cost $15 million.

Judy - since you are on Elaine's Citizen Advisory Group - can you talk
to her about this? What help and assistance could be offer her AND her
staff to prepare this report?

I spoke to Elaine right when the meeting was starting. We discussed that
no system was certified. I said - what about paper ballots?. Her reply -
they are not handicap accessible. I said - what about just having a
ballot marking device for them, like Automark. Her reply - it's not
certified. Whole systems are certified now, not pieces.

I think this area of ballot marking devices and their certification is a
good one for someone to research.

Also, if one system gets certified, that does not mean that everyone has
to buy it - in the whole state .... I don't know how to word this
better. But it there is a sole source, then are they going to be forced
into buying it. I know our group says NO but we need to have our ducks
in order so that it doesn't happen.


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