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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 02:28 AM
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Major Election Integrity Bills Moving Forward in California

Major Election Integrity Bills Moving Forward in California

By Tom Courbat, Project Director, SAVE R VOTE, Riverside County, CA

August 21, 2006

State Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach) indicated today that five significant election integrity bills shes authoring will be heard on the Senate floor before the Legislature adjourns on August 31 and are likely to be passed and sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggers desk for signature. Most of the bills have enjoyed widespread bipartisan support and if they are approved by the Legislature, the Governor will have until September 30th to decide whether to sign or veto the measures.


SB 1747 Citizen observers Allows any bona fide association of citizens or a media organization to have up to two representatives each to check and review the preparation, programming, testing and operation of the election day tabulating devices.

SB 1235 Absentee votes included in audit/tally - Requires counties to sort absentee voter (AV) ballots and early voting ballots by precinct and include them in the mandated 1% random manual tally. The 1% manual tally is to provide a check against the count generated by the voting machines. Counties are already required to conduct a 1% tally of all ballots, but excluding absentee ballots which accounted for 43% of the votes cast in the June primary <49% in Riverside County> undermines the integrity of the audit. The bill also requires the 1% manual tally to be conducted publicly and that the results of the tally be made available to the public.

SB 1725 - Absentee ballot receipt verification Requires each elections department to set up a toll-free phone number or Internet system to let voters check to see whether their returned absentee ballot has arrived back in the county elections office.

SB 1760 Paper quality standards Prevents the Secretary of State from certifying any election system for use in the state if the paper ballot or the accessible voter-verified paper audit trail (AVVPAT) wont retain its integrity and readability for the 22 months that elections officials are required to keep all election ballots and materials.

SB 1598 Initiative backer disclosure Requires initiative petition signature gatherers to tell voters up front whether theyre volunteers or being paid to collect signatures, and requires them to list the five largest contributors to the initiative on the top of the petition.

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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:41 AM
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1. I somehow doubt Ahnuld is inclined to be supportive nt
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 07:42 AM
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