[OVC-discuss] Fw: [theMMOBlist] What has SoS Bowen been working on?

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Feb 13 2009 - 10:14:19 CST

Michelle sent this to several lists. I thought I would forward it here.
Neither "Open source" nor "open voting" appears in the message.

Alan D.

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From: "Michelle Gabriel" <mwg@jmbaai.com>
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Subject: [theMMOBlist] What has SoS Bowen been working on?

> Jim Soper and I have been working with the SoS's office to find out what
> they have been working on.
> Evan Goldberg provided me with the following information which I am
> passing on.
> Voting Systems
> 1. The SOS established a "best practices of elections officials" page at
> http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/best-practices.htm. The idea here is
> really to let counties brag about what they're doing, let counties learn
> from one another, and let voters find things they like and could
> hopefully encourage their counties to do.
> 2. The SOS created an entire section on voting systems at
> http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vs.htm. This page contains
> all of the approval documents for systems, relevant laws, 1% tally
> reports, PEMT auditing reports, and much more.
> 3. After the SOS was sued by San Diego County and a court ruled that the
> PEMT requirements needed to be adopted by regulation, the SOS, led by
> Jennie and Lowell, adopted emergency regulations to ensure the PEMT was
> in place for the November election. Those regulations can be found at
> http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2008/october/08304jh.pdf.
> Right now, the SOS is in the process of turning those emergency
> regulations (which expire in April) into permanent regulations
> 4. There is a group of people who believe cities and counties should be
> able to move to an "instant runoff voting," or IRV, system of voting.
> The SoS has een working with them to establish some SOS guidelines for
> cities and counties to follow, should they desire to move to an IRV
> system. The guidelines are circulating in the IRV community and are
> awaiting feedback.
> 5. The Humboldt County issue has taken a great deal of SoS staff time to
> examine. A report is being drafted and will be submitted to the EAC. A
> public hearing on the report will be held sometime in March.
> NOTE FROM MICHELLE: Humboldt County Nov 2008 results were certified and
> then found to be incorrect due to a Diebold programming bug.
> 6. The SOS has been involved with litigation involving ES&S's deployment
> of unapproved voting machines in California.
> 7. The SoS has sent a letter to the EAC proposing that vendors will
> report any issues to the EAC and the states they are doing business
> with; there be a central clearing house for information on problems that
> have been identified; and there should be the gathering of data and
> reporting on voting system performance. The SOS will be sponsoring a
> bill, to be authored by Senator Fran Pavley, that will require vendors
> to comply with additional reporting requirements of reporting any
> problems/issues as a condition of doing business in California.
> Registration
> 1. The SOS redesigned the voter registration card to make it much more
> user-friendly and intuitive for members of the public. Here is the
> press release announcing it.
> http://www.sos.ca.gov/admin/press-releases/2008/DB08-076.pdf
> 2. The SOS created an entire section on the web related to the National
> Voter Registration Act (NVRA). It gives forms to counties and state
> agencies that are required to comply with the NVRA to use. It gives
> information to the public about how well agencies and counties are doing
> in complying with the law to ensure voters are given the opportunity to
> register to vote. The page is at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/nvra/.
> 3. For the past two years -- and for at least the next year -- the SOS
> has been and will be in the process of contracting for a brand new
> multi-million dollar voter registration that is mandated by federal
> law. This is a high profile, high risk project and given the state's
> poor track record on large technology projects -- and the SOS's long
> track record of criticizing such failures -- this is a project that the
> SOS wants to ensure succeeds.
> Communication
> 1. If you go to this link, http://www.sos.ca.gov/multimedia/ you can
> subscribe to automatic feeds from the office. There are four available
> -- ballot measure updates, press releases, voting systems, and
> communications with county elections officials.
> 2. This is the link to all of the advisories sent to county elections
> officials. http://www.sos.ca.gov/multimedia/ While always public
> documents, there were never available on the web. In September 2008 or
> so, the SOS began posting them going forward, while at the same time
> working backwards to post everything issued by her administration.
> We've now got all of 2008 up and are working on 2007.
> Recounts
> 1. The SOS has developed a set of recount regulations, as required by a
> bill the SOS authored when she was in the Legislature. Those can be
> found here. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_recountregs.htm.
> The proposed regulations don't limit what a local elections official can
> charge to conduct a recount because there is no limit in law, the
> regulations cannot impose a limit.
> *Significant Advisories*
> provisional voting
> http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2008/october/08311cm.pdf
> alternative ballot procedures in case precincts run out of ballots
> http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2008/october/08306cm.pdf
> use of cameras at the polls
> http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2008/october/08303cm.pdf
> voter registration issues for people who may have moved due to
> foreclosure prior to the election
> http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2008/october/08301cm.pdf
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