[Fwd: Federal Court Rules in Favor of Paper Trail Reform in E-Voting]

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 16:24:59 CDT

>Kim Alexander
> President
> California Voter Foundation
> <mailto:kimalex@calvoter.org>kimalex@calvoter.org
> +1 916 441-2494
>Cindy Cohn
> Legal Director
> Electronic Frontier Foundation
> <mailto:cindy@eff.org>cindy@eff.org
> +1 415 436-9333 x108 (office), +1 415 307-2148 (cell)
>Federal Court Rules in Favor of Paper Trail Reform in
>Los Angeles - A federal judge today ruled that California
>Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's requirements to ensure
>the security of electronic voting machines do not violate
>federal or state law. The Electronic Frontier Foundation,
>California Voter Foundation, VerifiedVoting.org, and Voters
>Unite! submitted a friend-of-the-court brief and a surreply
>in support of Secretary Shelley. The case is Benavidez v.
>"This decision is a landmark," said EFF Legal Director
>Cindy Cohn. "The court said - in clear, unambiguous terms -
>that requiring a paper trail for e-voting machines is
>consistent with the 'obligation to assure the accuracy of
>election results.' That's an enormous victory for secure
>The court determined that the "defendant's decision to
>decertify touch-screen voting machines and to withhold
>further certification until he is satisfied that
>manufacturers have complied with specified conditions is a
>reasonable one. It is based on studies conducted and
>information gathered which convinced him that the voting
>public's right to vote is not adequately protected by the
>systems currently in place."
>This ruling is particularly significant because Secretary
>Shelley's e-voting reforms are setting the tone for
>national debate on this issue. He was the first state
>election official to issue a blanket requirement for
>voter-verified paper audit trails (VVPAT) on e-voting
>machines, though Nevada later followed suit. On April 30,
>after further review and a scandal with embattled voting
>machine vendor Diebold Election Systems, Shelley
>decertified all of the state's e-voting machines until
>additional safeguards could be implemented. His
>responsiveness to the growing evidence of problems in
>e-voting systems has led to pressure in states like
>Maryland and Ohio, where similar evidence has been
>"California is at the forefront of the nationwide movement
>for e-voting reform," said California Voter Foundation
>President Kim Alexander. "Today's court decision reinforces
>the leadership California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley
>is bringing to this critical issue."
>The suit was brought by disability rights advocates and
>four California counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern,
>and Plumas) that oppose Secretary Shelley's voter-verified
>paper trail requirement and decertification orders.
>The ruling concerned the plaintiffs' requests for a
>preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to
>prevent Shelley's orders from taking effect.
>The decision is available here.
>For this release:
>About EFF
>The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil
>liberties organization working to protect rights in the
>digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and
>challenges industry and government to support free
>expression and privacy online. EFF is a member-supported
>organization and maintains one of the most linked-to
>websites in the world at <http://www.eff.org/>http://www.eff.org/
>About the California Voter Foundation:
>The California
>Voter Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
>dedicated to promoting and applying the responsible use of
>technology to improve the democratic process. For more
>information about the California Voter Foundation, please
>visit <http://www.calvoter.org>http://www.calvoter.org
>About Verified Voting
>Verified Voting champions reliable
>and publicly-verifiable elections in the United States.
>Please visit <http://www.verifiedvoting.org>http://www.verifiedvoting.org.
>About Voters Unite!
>Voters Unite is a non-partisan
>grassroots network for fair and accurate elections. Please
>visit <http://www.votersunite.org>http://www.votersunite.org.
> -end-

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