County Elections Officials Predict Delays

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 6, 2007

The President of the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials, Steven Weir says registrars of voters are still processing the Secretary of State’s decision announced late Friday night. 

 “Basically I think clerks are stunned, they can’t believe this has happened.”

As the State’s chief elections official, Debra Bowen said machines must meet additional security requirements to be used in next year’s elections. More than twenty county registrars will have to change their primary voting systems. Weir says they have a tight timeline to get ready for the February fifth statewide vote.

  “It is a hard thing to do.  And the consequence will be delays in people voting at the polls and delays in counting those ballots…”

Bowen based her decision on a review of the electronic voting machines that found they could be hacked into.  She says her decision is about protecting the integrity of Californians’ votes.