A few moments ago the California State Senate took up and passed SB 370 by Senator Debra Bowen, which requires that voter verified paper audit trails be used to verify the accuracy of computerized software vote counts. Bowen's bill passed unanimously in the Senate today, and also enjoyed strong bipartisan support in the Assembly, where it passed last Thursday, with nearly half of the Assembly Republican Caucus voting in favor.
This strong, bipartisan support for SB 370 will be important as the Governor considers whether to sign this bill. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson's opposition was a setback, but evidently it did not persuade a single member of the Senate to vote against SB 370 before sending the bill to the Governor.
Now the focus will turn to Governor Schwarzenegger, who has until October 9 to sign or veto SB 370. Those who wish to contact the Governor on this bill can send an electronic message using the online form at www.govmail.ca.gov or by phone, fax, or U.S. mail.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814