WHEREAS: The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires voting systems to permit the voter to verify his or her vote privately before it is cast, requires that voting systems produce a record with an audit capacity and requires notice of overvoting (voting for more than one candidate for the same office); and
WHEREAS: The only way of achieving the above named requirements in a way that insures privacy and independence to voters with disabilities, including voters with vision impairments, is through the use of Digitally Recorded Electronic Systems; and
WHEREAS: Concerns have been raised about the possibility of error with vote tabulating after an election has been conducted, yet to add extra verification and audit capabilities by introducing additional paper ballots could require the necessity of poll worker involvement in the private voting process;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the California Democratic Party urges Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to conduct a study that explores all reasonable and effective voting systems that protect voters’ privacy while casting votes, as well as preserving the security and accuracy of the vote counting process; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the California Democratic Party asks the Secretary of State to report the findings of the study at the earliest possibility.
Submitted by Steve Preminger, Chair, Santa Clara County Central Cmte.
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At Its Executive Board Meeting
Oakland Airport Hilton Hotel, Oakland
June 28, 2003