Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Secretary of State Hearing today - media advisory

I'll be at the Secretary of State's today for a hearing to examine problems with Premier/Diebold voting equipment. Here are the contents to today's news advisory issued by the Secretary of State:

Secretary of State’s Office to Hold Hearing to
Examine Ballot-Count Errors Previously Unknown in California

WHAT: The Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a public hearing to receive reports and take testimony on the “Deck Zero” anomaly in Premier Election Solutions’ Global Election Management System (GEMS) version 1.18.19.

The Deck Zero software error, which can delete the first group of optically scanned ballots under certain circumstances, caused 197 ballots to be inadvertently deleted from Humboldt County’s initial results in the November 4, 2008, General Election. Upon discovery of the software error, Humboldt County subsequently corrected its election results. Two other California counties, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, used the same software for the November 4 election but encountered no similar problems in counting ballots.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office conducted an independent investigation into the Premier GEMS 1.18.19 software errors and uncovered even more information that was previously unknown to county and state elections officials. For more about the investigation and the public hearing, go to http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vs_premier.htm.

In the days after the hearing, Secretary Bowen will consider what action – including possible withdrawal of state approval – to take on the Premier GEMS voting system.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Secretary of State’s Building Auditorium, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento

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