Electronic Voting - A Non-Partisan Issue
California Chooses "Voter-Verified Paper Ballot"
ELECTRONIC VOTING
DANGERS of E-VOTING
--- Warnings
--- Democracy at Stake
--- Report from UK
"BLACK BOX VOTING"
--- Work of Bev Harris
------ Get Book Free!
VOTER-VERIFIED PAPER BALLOTS
--- Bev Harris's Sites
Or -- "Voter-Verifiable Paper Trail"
HELP FROM HR 2239
--- Republican Sponsors
--- Legal Support
--- Bev H. Comments
... INTERIM SOLUTION
WHY PRIVATIZE VOTING AT ALL?
WHY NOT RETURN to PAPER BALLOTS?
DIEBOLD WARS
------ Diebold Gives In!
------ Bev H.Comments
--- Diebold for Bush
NOT JUST DIEBOLD
IS eSLATE BETTER?
--- Potential Problems
NEW POSSIBILITY-- VOTING with "FROGS"

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Ascribe.org (California)
Fri Nov 21 13:44:53 2003 Pacific Time

      California Voter Foundation Applauds Requirement of Voter Verified Paper Trail

       DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 21 (AScribe Newswire) -- The California Voter Foundation applauds Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's decision to require voter verified paper ballots to be generated by touch screen and other computerized voting machines used in the state of California. Under the decision, California voters who cast ballots on computerized machines will have the opportunity to view a printed image of their ballot on which they can verify their votes. Paper ballots will be retained at polling places. The paper ballots will help ensure the accuracy of votes cast and the tallies conducted at the end of elections, particularly when recounts are required.

       California Voter Foundation President Kim Alexander praised the Secretary of State's decision. "The California Voter Foundation applauds Secretary of State Kevin Shelley for his great leadership in making this decision. California has long been at the forefront of innovations in digital democracy and no innovation could be more important than verifiable computerized voting systems. By requiring a voter verified paper trail, the Secretary of State has taken a critical step toward preserving the integrity of the voting process in the wake of new technologies that change the ways in which we vote. We hope other elections officials will follow his lead," Alexander said.

       In January 2003, the California Voter Foundation Board of Directors adopted a position in support of a voter verified audit trail. The statement reads that "any voting system that does not require a voter to directly mark on the ballot must still create a verifiable audit trail of each ballot cast that can be viewed by the voter at the time the ballot is cast; given today's technology the only practical voter-verifiable audit trail is a paper ballot image."

       Alexander and David Jefferson, a California Voter Foundation Board Member and computer scientist, served on the California Secretary of State's Ad Hoc Touch Screen Task Force. Alexander and Jefferson, along with Stanford computer science professor David Dill, urged the implementation of a voter verified paper trail in the Task Force report, which is online at http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/taskforce.htm.

       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 www.calvoter.org.


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