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Does anyone know what do they do in Brazil or other countries with their
touchscreen voting systems? Do they produce paper or some other physical output
that can be recounted if the electronic system fails?

I am increasingly convinced that now is the time to develop secure and
verifiable electronic absentee voting through out the United States via any and
all election offices as well as embassies and military installations.  These e-
voting terminals would allow walk up voting before an election from these
select trusted locations - NOT people's homes.

Of special note from the Cal-Voter note below:

The motherlode of e-voting links:

Also, two articles of interest about South Korea:

World's first internet president logs on
Web already shaping policy of new South Korean leader
Jonathan Watts in Seoul
Monday February 24, 2003

Technology, democracy a potent mix in South Korea
Saturday, February 1, 2003

Speaking of Korea, is there any evidence that Internet access is finding its
way into N. Korea?  What about back channels?

Steven Clift
Democracies Online

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    Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 11:07:26 -0800
 Subject: Touchscreen voting developments

Hi Folks,

There have been many important voting technology developments recently --
this issue of CVF-NEWS will bring you up to date with the latest news.  In
this issue:

* California Secretary of State forms Touch Screen Voting Task Force
* Santa Clara County update -- decision expected Tuesday, 2/25
* New Touchscreen Voting FAQ online
* 300+ technologists endorse "Resolution on Electronic Voting"

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* California Secretary of State forms Touch Screen Voting Task Force

Last week newly-elected California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley
announced he is creating a task force to advise him and his voting systems
certification board on touch screen voting security and paper trail issues.

I've been asked to serve on this new task force, which will hold its first
meeting today, Monday, February 24 in San Francisco.  Other task force
members include:  Mark Kyle, Undersecretary of State (chair); Mischelle
Townsend Registrar of Voters, Riverside County; David Dill, Professor of
Computer Science, Stanford University; David Jefferson, Computer Scientist,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Jim Wisley, consultant to Assembly
Speaker Herb Wesson; Charlie Wallis, Departmental IT Coordinator, San Diego
Registrar's Office; Robert Naegele, President, Granite Creek Technology,
Inc.; and Shawn Casey O'Brien, Executive Director, Unique People's Voting

In his news release announcing the task force, Shelley said, "It is
important to build a consensus that our voting systems are secure. Voters
must have complete confidence their votes are accurately counted. This new
task force, comprised of election experts, scientists and the public, will
help determine what should be required from new voting technology in terms
of their capability to produce paper copies of electronic ballots.  Voter
confidence - not technology - will ultimately determine the future of our
electoral system."

* * * * * * * * * *
* Santa Clara County update -- decision expected Tuesday, 2/25

Santa Clara County supervisors will meet this Tuesday to decide whether to
select a paperless touchscreen voting system for their county or to modify
their proposal to instead require a touchscreen voting system that provides
a voter-verified paper trail.  The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in San Jose,
and the agenda is online at
http://www.sccgov.org/agenda/view/0,5310,ccid%253D213788,00.html . Today's
San Jose Mercury News features a story about the potentially far-reaching
impact of Santa Clara's decision.  The Merc story is online at
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/5249536.htm .

The supervisors held a workshop on February 11 which featured a
presentation by computer scientists David Dill and Peter Neumann, as well
as testimonials from numerous Santa Clara voters who endorsed the need for
a voter-verified paper trail.  I attended the workshop and submitted a
letter to the supervisors explaining Proposition 41's paper trail
requirements in detail and that, while it is up to counties to decide if
they want a voter-verified paper audit trail, the Legislature did require
counties to, at a minimum, print hard copies of digital ballots after the
polls close.  My memo to the Supervisors is online at
http://www.calvoter.org/publications/santaclaraboard.html .

* * * * * * * * * *
* New Touchscreen Voting FAQ online

In response to questions raised by Santa Clara supervisors, David Dill
along with several other computer scientists have created a collection of
"Frequently Asked Questions" and answers about DRE Voting Systems,
available http://verify.stanford.edu/evote/faq.html .

* * * * * * * * * *
* 300+ technologists endorse "Resolution on Electronic Voting"

New people are endorsing Dill's "Resolution on Electronic Voting" every day
-- at last count more than 300 technologists have endorsed the call for a
voter-verified paper trail, along with many other individuals and
organizations.  Check out the latest news on Dill's resolution at
http://verify.stanford.edu/evote.  In addition, Salon wrote an interesting
piece about Dill's efforts as well as those of Bev Harris, author of the
forthcoming book "Black Box Voting" and editor of
http://www.blackboxvoting.com -- "Hacking Democracy?" is online at
http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2003/02/20/voting_machines/index.html .

Have a great week,

Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation
[EMAIL PROTECTED], http://www.calvoter.org , (916) 441-2494

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