Yolo County Voting Technology Advisory Committee

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What is the Yolo County Voting Technology Advisory Committee?

The Yolo County Voting Technology Advisory Committee (VTAC) has been formed by the Yolo County Clerk-Recorder, Freddie Oakley, to research the new electronic voting equipment. The committee will be reviewing and testing electronic equipment to assure suitability for all disabled voters, elderly voters, ease of use, and other factors. They will recommend the new voting system in Yolo County.

Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA)

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) will fundamentally alter the way elections are conducted across the nation. HAVA was drafted in the aftermath of the controversial 2000 Presidential election in Florida. HAVA was signed into law on October 29, 2002. The final bill is a compromise embraced by a bipartisan coalition that included many election officials across the nation, civil rights groups, disabled advocates and government watchdog groups. Complex and interrelated federal mandates are spelled out in the 161 page bill. HAVA requires California and other states to implement sweeping changes by next year - during the Presidential election cycle, the most visible election with the highest turnout. The most daunting of the new mandates include: * Replacing the punch card voting systems currently used by a majority of California voters; * Creating an interactive statewide voter registration database of California's 15 million plus voters that will be used by every county; * Implementing new voter residence confirmation requirements for new voters; * Ensuring disabled voters have both secret ballots and access to the polls; * Notifying provisional voters whether their ballot was counted; * Creating a complaint procedure for voter grievances about the process; * Creating a one-stop shop for all military and overseas voters; * Improving training of our army of volunteer poll workers; * Educating voters about the process, their election choices, and their rights, including the right to a provisional ballot, the right to ask questions, and the right to get a new ballot to correct a mistake; and * Ensuring that voters can check their ballots and correct any errors before voting. California's Secretary of State must write and submit a State Plan detailing how these mandates will be met. The Secretary of State will hold public Hearings throughout the state during May 2003, to collect public input.

What is the California State Plan Advisory Committee?

The Secretary of State has appointed an advisory committee to provide advice to the Secretary of State about what the State Plan should include. In California, the Secretary of State has directed his State Plan Advisory Committee to conduct public hearing to gather information from the public, as well as provide its own advice to the Secretary.

What is the State Plan?

The State Plan is a federally required document that explains to the newly formed federal Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) how California intends to comply with the thirteen specific mandates contained in the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The draft State Plan must be available for public comment for 30 days before it is submitted to the EAC. The EAC must publish each State Plan it receives in the Federal Registry for 45 days. This initial State Plan is now in working draft form, may be subsequently amended or updated by California.


Touch-Screen Doubters Demand a Paper Trail (5/23/04)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel...Sun-Sentinel.com
By Kathy Bushouse Staff Writer Posted May 23 2004

Compared to punch-card systems of old, touch-screen voting machines were...More

Paper Backup is a Recipe for Voting Disaster (5/19/04)
By Mary Beth Casey
Albany, N.Y. -- timesunion.com
First published: Sunday, May 16, 2004

As a county elections commissioner, I watched the delayed Albany County Legislature...More

Exec Calls Vote-Machine Letter an Error (5/14/04)
The New York Times, May 12, 2004

Walden W. O'Dell, the chairman and chief executive of Diebold Inc., said on Monday that it had been a "huge mistake"...More

Integrity of Electronic Voting Questioned (5/11/04)
balanced article on e vote debate by Kavan Peterson-

State and federal lawmakers are expressing doubts that new ATM-like electronic voting machines - once seen as a cure...More

NFB Ohio ADA Vote Suit (5/10/04)



James Gashel,...More

Visually Impaired Voters Use New Ballot Marking Technology (5/7/04)
Ellen Bogard at 314/982-7775 or email: bogarde@fleishman.com
Meghan McCormick at 314/982-0285or email: mccormickm@fleishman.com


Device Offers a New Vision for Voting (5/7/04)
By Kevin P. Connolly, Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted May 4, 2004

DELAND-Diabetes robbed Wendy Wilson of vision. But technology such as a "talking laptop" and other devices...More

E-Voting Oversight Overwhelms U.S. Agency (5/4/04)
(AP) As alarm mounts over the integrity of the ATM-like voting machines 50 million Americans will use in...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - As alarm mounts over...More

Stealing an Election (an essay by Paul Kocher)
Crypto-Gram Newsletter April 15, 2004
by Bruce Schneier, Founder and CTO
Counterpane Internet Security, Inc.

Officials Discover New Problem with Flawed March Election
By Luis Monteagudo Jr. and Helen Gao

April 8, 2004

County officials said yesterday they discovered a new problem with the flawed March election...More

County Works Toward Voting Switch
Elections officials plan to put touchscreen machines in all polling places by November.

By Cameron Jahn Bee Staff Writer Published 2:15 a.m. PST Wednesday,...More

Recount Challenged in Texas...
Recount Challenged in Texas Democratic House Race
For Those Who Believe That Paper Ballots Ensure a Tamper-Proof Election

SAN ANTONIO--Challenger Henry Cuellar took a...More

Senate Ponders Voting Receipts
Maryland News
Some say paper trail adds flaws to electronic system; Others seek permanent records; Advocates for the blind fear loss of secret ballots


The Net Effect
By Simson Garfinkel September 3, 2003
Over the last two decades, geeks have rarely passed on an opportunity to replace a perfectly good mechanical device with a computerized...More

Super Tuesday Puts Electronic Voting to Test
Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Mary Lou Green, a member of the Frederick County Board of Elections, demonstrates a new voting machine on February 14 in Frederick,...More

My Experience as an Election Judge in Baltimore County
by Avi Rubin
Technical Director, Information Security Institute
Johns Hopkins University

It is now 10:30 pm, and I have been up since 5 a.m. this morning. Today,...More

Chadless Ballots, Puzzled Voters
The chaos of 2000 won't be repeated, but new systems require adaptation
By Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer Posted: 2/28/04

Tuesday's election will mark the first...More

Orange County's Voting Trial a Hit
The county's new electronic devices were tried out at malls and city halls. Election officials are confident that their use Tuesday will go smoothly.

By Stanley Allison,...More

Chads Out, But Controversy Remains
An electronic ballot awaits 43% of the state's registered voters today. Some experts worry.
By Allison Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
As Californians go to the polls today,...More

Glitches Hinder Casting of Votes
Problems with new electronic systems in Orange and San Diego counties frustrate voters. Officials call the harm minimal.

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