Paper trail required under bill
North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting
Counties would have to keep record of ballots, perform sample recounts
A Senate committee Thursday recommended new voting machine standards that would require a paper record of each ballot cast and require sample hand counts to ensure accurate totals.
Kudos to Senator Janet Cowell on protesting the Pilot Program that NC Verified and Computer Scientists oppose:
Sen. Janet Cowell, a Raleigh Democrat and the only committee member to vote against the bill, said she didn't like a provision that would allow the State Board of Elections to experiment during the 2006 elections with alternatives to a paper record of a ballot. That might include audio playbacks of a voter's choice or a photographic image of an electronic ballot.
"Voters don't want to be experimented on," said Joyce McCloy with the grass-roots N.C. Coalition for Verified Voting.
The Senate Judiciary I committee has approved the 29th version of SB223 and moved it to the appropriations/base budget committee this morning. It was good to finally get the bill moving along.
We still have concerns about the following amendments still attached to the bill:
1. require a paper ballot style (ballot on a reel) that violates secrecy of the ballot
2. serve as a beta test for private companies for "alternative vote verification systems"
Our message to Appropriations/Base Budget Committee is simple:
1. Move very quickly on hearing and passing the bill.
2. Add an amendment that limits state funding to comply with the bill to the cheapest voting system.
Counties wanting the more expensive DRE/touchscreen machines will have to come up with additional funds on their own. DREs/touchscreens cost 2 times as much as optical scanners.
3. Add an amendment that probits state funding or HAVA funds to be spent on the pilot project.
The localities that want it must pay for it.
Contact information for the Appropriations/Base Budget Committee: Emails followed by phone calls for most impact! Thank you for your part in saving our vote!
The North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting is a grassroots organization fighting for clean and verified elections.
Contact Joyce McCloy, Coordinator, N.C. Coalition for Verifiable Voting - phone 336-794-1240 -
email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: http://www.ncvoter.net
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