Support Publicly Owned Voting Systems

 

Resolution 13-04.12

 

WHEREAS, our right to vote is the fundamental way in which we engage our government and that the integrity of voting relies on the trust that each vote is counted as cast and voting systems are the devices and processes by which a vote is cast and counted;

WHEREAS, transparency of voting systems is vital for the public's ability to verify and trust election outcomes, yet every voting system used in California elections is owned by private vendors that limit transparency due to trade secrets and private voting systems have a history of election problems, including in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election, and thousands of reported malfunctions in each of the 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 national elections and private vendors can have conflicts of interest between their political and commercial activities;

WHEREAS, the County of Los Angeles is developing a voting system that will be owned and operated by publicly accountable election officials and the publicly owned system will increase voter confidence in the electoral process by requiring transparency, a verifiable public record, access to voters with language barriers and disabilities, and ease for all voters to understand and use;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports the efforts of Los Angeles County to develop, own and operate a publicly owned voting system; and encourages California counties to develop, own and operate a publicly owned voting system.

Supported by Senator Alex Padilla, 25 + Delegates

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

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