Fwd: Voting Systems Panel meeting: April 21 & 22 Diebold and Nov. 4 voting systems on agenda

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue Mar 23 2004 - 11:33:14 CST

We may want to be out in force at that event, and
also plan to put on a demo nearby. We could even
charge up some UPS boxes, and run our demo
outside without immediate AC power. Wouldn't
that be fun!

Best regards,

>From: Dennis Paull <dpaull@svpal.org>
>Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 22:05:40 -0800
>Subject: Voting Systems Panel meeting: April 21 & 22 Diebold and Nov.
> 4 voting systems on agenda
>Hi all,
>Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's Voting Systems and Procedures panel
>is going to make some significant announcements in about a month. The
>panel has scheduled a two day meeting with only five items on the agenda,
>so we can expect a lot of public comment regardless of what the panel
>Shelley has already announced that all counties must have a paper trail
>on their voting machines by '05 for new equipment and '06 for existing
>equipment. Exactly what he will mandate next month is anyone's guess.
>It could be that he will mandate paper ballots for this November or it
>could be a ban on all electronic voting or... ?????
>Likewise, voting machines manufactured by Diebold have been coming under
>increasing scrutiny and criticism. It is possible that the latest models,
>in use in the Primary election this year will be de-certified. This would
>affect 4 counties including San Diego. It could be that all Diebold machines
>would be de-certified which affect additional counties including Alameda.
>Or it could be a slap on the wrist for Diebold and their promise that they
>won't ever again put a voting machine in California that hasn't passed State
>certification. FYI, many of the biggest screw ups this March were in
>counties using Diebold equipment.
>No one seems to know just what will happen. We may get additional info as the
>next 30 days progress. We'll try to keep everyone informed.
>For those who may wish to come to Sacramento, I would like to know that you're
>coming. It would be nice for CDC to send a letter to the Panel stating
>CDC's position on these machines. I would like to hear from the CDP and
>the DNC as well. All have taken a stand demanding a paper trail. The big
>issue now is WHEN will the paper requirement be established.
>The Nov elections are at risk. The present administration has unlimited
>resources and an incentive to try to rig the elections. The results from
>all states are critical, especially the swing states. As Lucy noted, there
>is an opportunity for the Democrats to re-capture control of the Senate
>in addition to the White House. Paperless electronic voting machines may
>well be the means that Bush will be used to try to force the vote their way.
>Only the vigilance of the public and the media can keep 2004 from being
>much worse than 2000.
>This meeting could be real interesting.
>From: Joseph Holder <conquip@ix.netcom.com>
>Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 17:36:10 -0800
>Subject: Voting Systems Panel meeting: April 21 & 22
> Diebold and Nov. 4 voting systems on agenda
>Here is the announcement. It is critical that as much written commentary be
>provided prior to April 6. That commentary could include evidence,
>Resolutions, Petitions, and recommendations.
>It is also important that the public be present at the meeting.
>I would recommend contacting your local news media and letting them know
>you are planning to attend and why. A Letter to the Editor could also be
>written announcing the meeting and the importance of the decisions that
>will be forthcoming.
>I do not know if there is any significance to the order of the Agenda. If
>there is, then I would expect some announcements regarding the Diebold
>Investigation at the beginning. I do find it very interesting that Agenda
>item # 3 is titled like it is. That is significant. Unless there were going
>to be a change in what will be allowed I cannot see the reason for having
>such an Agenda item. All currently certified voting systems can be used by
>law. This infers that there will be a change.
>The disclaimer is also interesting. That means that any item can be brought
>up at any time during those two days. That means we have to attend both days.
>The next month will be interesting and challenging. We cannot reduce the
>pressure, the stakes are too high.
>Jody Holder
>April 21 and 22, 2004 10:00 a.m.
>Office of the Secretary of State
> 1500 11th Street
> 1st Floor – Auditorium
> Sacramento, California 95814
>Pursuant to Elections Code section 19204, notice is hereby given that the
>Voting Systems and Procedures Panel will meet to consider the following items:
>1. Diebold Investigation
>2. Reports on the March 2, 2004 Primary Election
>3. Voting Systems for Use in November 2004 General Election
>4. Other Business
>5. Public Comment
>The VSP encourages the public to submit written comments on agenda items.
>Persons wishing to address the Voting Systems and Procedures Panel at this
>meeting, including any matter that may be designated for public hearing,
>are asked to notify the VSPP Office (see telephone/e-mail numbers below).
>Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 6th to ensure
>their delivery to the VSP members prior to the meeting. If you wish to
>provide information or present an oral statement at the meeting, please
>contact Michael Wagaman at (916) 657-2166 or mwagaman@ss.ca.gov. In all
>cases, the presiding officer reserves the right to impose time limits on
>presentations as may be necessary to ensure that the agenda is completed.
>Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with
>Disabilities Act of 1990, any individual with a disability who requires
>reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in a meeting or function
>of the Voting Systems and Procedures Panel, may request assistance by
>contacting Michael Wagaman at (916) 657-2166 or mwagaman@ss.ca.gov

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