Thursday, May 05, 2005

Diebold Certification Hearing Set For May 19

This post was written on 5/7/05 and back dated when posted 5/8/05.

Thursday, May 5 brought an action alert from announcing the May 19 Diebold certification hearing. It is already on the agenda of the CA Secretary of State. VU is looking for people to attend and/or speak at this meeting. It starts at 10am at:
Office of the Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
1st Floor – Auditorium
Sacramento, California 95814
Ellen at the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project also checked in on Thursday. She mentioned speaking with Humboldt County Elections Manager Lindsey McWilliams, who she says told her that:
"he thinks the 2006 HAVA deadline is now in stone. He said the projected but not definite scenario is: he will be given paperwork next month to complete the application process to be sent back to SoS as soon after July 1 as possible. An agenda item asking for $986,000 at the board on July 5 will be signed by [Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger] Rodoni and Fed Exed to Sacto, to be spent on immediate need stuff like new computers."
According to Ellen, Lindsey also said, "I don't see any government putting up funding to create open source equipment." I assume this was in response to learning about OVC, but I can't be sure Lindsey wasn't already familiar. Ellen continued: "He was surprised to hear that the software has been created and can run on PCs...I put in a call to Woolley asking for a task force resolution or advice on how to do it, haven't heard back yet." On April 12, Mark Konkler from the Voter Confidence Committee also made a public request that the Supes create a task force.



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