Department of Elections testing new voting system

Press release for those who may be interested.

Marcy

DEPARTMENT OF ELECTIONS
City and County of San Francisco
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John Arntz
Director
Voice (415) 554-4375
Fax (415) 554-7344
Absentee Fax (415) 554-4372
TTY (415) 554-4386
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco CA 94102-4634
Public Input Sought in Selection of New Voting System
SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2005 – The San Francisco Department of
Elections is
inviting members of the public to participate in a "mock election,"
featuring the two
voting systems that the City is considering to replace its current
voting equipment. The
mock election will be held from August 1st through 12th, from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Monday
through Friday, in City Hall outside of Room 48.
The Department of Elections is in the process of selecting a new
voting system to meet
new State and federal voter accessibility requirements for voters
with, but not limited to,
sight and mobility impairments, and verifiability of election
results. Starting January 1,
2006, San Francisco will be required to place at least one fully
accessible voting device
at each polling place, and the voting system must provide a permanent
paper record to
verify election results. Approximately $8 million in State and
federal funds is available
to San Francisco to purchase a voting system that complies with these
legal
requirements. The City will use the new voting system starting at the
June 2006
Statewide primary election.
John Arntz, Director of Elections, explained: "To ensure that the new
voting system not
only complies with the new legal requirements, but also has a high
level of acceptance
among San Francisco voters, it is critical that we involve as many
members of the public
as possible in the selection process." To maximize public
participation in this process,
the Department of Elections is hosting the two-week mock election
featuring the two
voting system vendors who submitted proposals to the Department.
Members of the public are invited to test the proposed voting systems
and to complete a
survey form about each one. The two vendors participating in the mock
election are
Election Systems & Software and Sequoia Voting Systems.
For more information about the mock election, please contact Beth
Lipski at (415) 554-
7780.

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