Re: Peer Hand Counting

From: Danny Swarzman <danny_at_stowlake_dot_com>
Date: Wed Nov 14 2007 - 13:02:34 CST


San Francisco does publish an Observer Guide. I haven't checked to
see if it is on the web.

San Francisco is generally very good at getting things on the web.

If we can put together a list of documents that should be on the web
but aren't, I'm sure Arntz would listen and probably put them up.

Brent's complaints about problems in the precincts should be
registered with the SoS.

There is still another level of problem. I'm not sure how to address
it. I would call it logistics of visibility.

I wouldn't be too hard on John Arntz about this now. He has an though
job. This is a unique procedure. It is more difficult than hand
counting, although there is much hand counting too.

But, as Brent noticed, there was some difficulty getting a view of
everything going on at elections central because of the way the rooms
were set up for manual processes.

In one room were the ES&S IV-C central scanners in a network with a
bunch of Windows boxes. I don't know if the glass is to make the
space secure or just to give it the ambience of the old-fashioned
computer room.

Somebody should tell John Arntz and David Tom and Debra Bowen that if
you have a computer screen in the operation, the monitor must be
situated so that the public can clearly view it at all times through
the operation. If there are devices with control panels, they should
be situated so that observers can view it.


Wouldn't the best solution be for the Elections Board to publish all
their materials on the web?
On Nov 14, 2007, at 9:17 AM, Bev Harris wrote:

> Brent - recommend filling out and submitting a voter complaint form
> to the
> secretary of state's office:
> Also, recommend doing a quicky records request for the S.F. policy
> allowing poll
> workers to kick observers out. The purpose of this is preventive
> medicine,
> encourages the elections official to check the law, improve the
> training, and
> make sure it doesn't happen again.
> Two more things: Black Box Voting is doing a "Compliance Watch"
> project for
> California as part of our 2008 election protection actions. So, is
> it okay for
> public education purposes for me to note this incident in the San
> Francisco
> County section of our California area on BBV, and if you do the
> request and get
> a response, can you provide it for posting in that section?
> ... here is example of the preventive medicine public records
> request for this
> situation:
> November 14, 2007
> John Arntz
> Director of Elections
> City Hall - 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, Room 48
> San Francisco, CA 94102-4635
> Dear Mr. Arntz,
> Pursuant to the state open records law, Cal. Gov't Code Secs. 6250
> to 6276.48, I
> write to request access to and a copy of:
> 1. A copy of the San Francisco County or state policy which allows
> elections
> workers to prohibit observers from watching poll closing activities
> 2. A copy of training materials for San Francisco County for poll
> workers
> regarding poll closing and observers. If your agency does not
> maintain these
> public records, please let me know who does and include the proper
> custodianís
> name and address.
> I agree to pay any reasonable copying and postage fees of not more
> than $10. If
> the cost would be greater than this amount, please notify me.
> Please provide a
> receipt indicating the charges for each document.
> As provided in the open records law, Sec. 6253(c), I will expect
> your response
> within ten (10) business days.
> If you choose to deny this request, please provide a written
> explanation for the
> denial including a reference to the specific statutory exemption(s)
> upon which
> you rely. Also, please provide all segregable portions of otherwise
> exempt
> material.
> Thank you for your assistance.
> Sincerely,
> your first name last name
> your address
> your ph #
> Bev Harris
> Founder - Black Box Voting
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