Sunday, August 5, 2007

Bowen's decision throws counties into confusion

By Kevin Yamamura - Bee Capitol Bureau

Published 6:34 pm PDT Saturday, August 4, 2007

County registrars warned Saturday of chaos before the February presidential primary after Secretary of State Debra Bowen's curtailment of electronic voting in California, and they said it may be impossible for counties and manufacturers to comply with her orders in time.

Across California, bleary-eyed voting watchdogs, registrars and public officials spent the day trying to digest Bowen's late Friday decision to limit electronic balloting and install various new safeguards.

The former Democratic state senator, an electronic voting skeptic who fought in the Legislature to require a paper trail for digital ballots, installed across-the-board changes after University of California researchers found security flaws in three electronic systems. Read more here.

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