Re: Fw: [theMMOBlist] What has SoS Bowen been working on?

From: Nathan Adams <nadams_at_ieee_dot_org>
Date: Sat Feb 14 2009 - 07:47:42 CST

Or perhaps we, the grassroots, will collaborate with private industry since
waiting for government to save us has never actually worked...

On Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 11:50 PM, Brent Turner <brent@trealestate.net>wrote:

> I would think it would be difficult to ascertain " best practices"
> surrounding systems concluded as deficient-
>
> I wonder why the good Secretary is not including open source as part of her
> effort- Maybe Pres Obama will lead here- BT
>
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> trealestate.net@listman.sonic.net] On
> Behalf Of Alan Dechert
> Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 8:14 AM
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> Subject: [OVC-discuss] Fw: [theMMOBlist] What has SoS Bowen been working
> on?
>
> 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.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michelle Gabriel" <mwg@jmbaai.com>
> To: "Wellstone Voting rights" <voting-rights@yahoogroups.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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