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File Number: 062735
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File Number: 062735 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1393-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: RQST STATE TO APPROVE VOTER VERIFIABLE PAPER TRAIL FOR VOTIN Introduced: 9/28/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/5/2006
Agenda Date: 12/5/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A3
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE STATE TO APPROVE A VOTER VERIFIABLE PAPER TRAIL FOR TOUCHSCREEN VOTING SYSTEMS AND EXPANDING THE LANGUAGE DISPLAY CAPABILITY FOR OPTICAL SCAN READERS
Indexes: VOTING SYSTEMS
Sponsors: Carlos A. Gimenez, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/5/2006 11A3 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Moss explained his reason for pulling the foregoing proposed resolution. Commissioner Diaz noted the State had good research and should provide the County with the proper procedure. Commissioner Heyman spoke in support of the foregoing proposed resolution. Commissioner Souto asked Supervisor of Elections Lester Sola to determine the voting process in other countries. In response to Commissioner Souto’s questions, Mr. Sola said staff constantly kept apprised of what was available in the marketplace. He noted only three vendors were certified in the State of Florida, however, there were more vendors who provided election systems and each vendor had an optical scan system and a touchscreen system, both of which were viable to be used in the State of Florida. Mr. Sola said the Department had a high degree of accuracy in reconciling the number of votes at each precinct. Commissioner Sosa spoke in support of the foregoing proposed resolution and asked that she be listed as a co-sponsor to the foregoing resolution. Commissioner Jordan requested that she be listed as a co-sponsor to the foregoing proposed resolution. Commissioner Gimenez explained the rationale for the foregoing proposed resolution. He noted he met with the vendors of the current voting system who advised him that although it was highly unlikely the system could be corrupted they could not assure him that it was impossibile.

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 11/15/2006 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Ferrer read the foregoing resolution into the record. In response to Commissioner Diaz’s concerns regarding the cost of installing the equipment to the voting machines, Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections, Penelope Townsley, explained the estimated cost was $8.7 million. Chairwoman Sosa asked Assistant County Manager to study and prepare a report and recommendations for Committee review, outlining the impact of adding or integrating a paper trail to the touch-screen voting systems. Ms. Penelope Townsley, Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections stated the information Chairwoman Sosa requested would be provided in the risk analysis that would be included in the feasibility study. Chairwoman Sosa asked that Commissioner Gimenez, as the sponsor of this ordinance, include appropriate legislation urging the State of Florida to set aside funding to add the paper trail to the touch-screen voting machine. In response to Commissioner Diaz’s concerns regarding the verifiable paper trail machines being state certified, Ms. Townsley stated there was currently no existing verifiable paper trail system certified by the State of Florida. Assistant County Attorney Oren Rosenthal explained that the Division of Elections/Office of the Secretary provided a menu of certified/approved machines, and this proposed resolution was requesting that the State add a verifiable paper trail machine to the list of certified machines. He clarified that by approving this resolution, Miami-Dade County and all other counties throughout the State of Florida would be given the option to purchase a voting machine with a verifiable paper trail. Commissioner Sosa stated the community has been asking for a paper trail for a long time. Commissioner Jordan noted she agreed with the amendment, but it may not be necessary now based on the Assistant County Attorney’s comments. She noted she felt that if having a State certified system would restore voter confidence, it would be well worth it for the County to purchase one. Hearing other questions or comments, the committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 9/28/2006 Assigned Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 11/15/2006

County Attorney 9/28/2006 Assigned Murray A. Greenberg

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE STATE TO APPROVE A VOTER VERIFIABLE PAPER TRAIL FOR TOUCHSCREEN VOTING SYSTEMS AND EXPANDING THE LANGUAGE DISPLAY CAPABILITY FOR OPTICAL SCAN READERS

BODY
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 2.06 of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter, the County follows the provisions of the State election laws; and
WHEREAS, State election law prohibits the use of any electronic voting equipment that has not been approved by the State; and
WHEREAS, the State has not yet approved the use of any device which would provide a paper trail for touchscreen voting equipment or any optical scan reader with trilingual display capability; and
WHEREAS, this Board believes that the use of a verifiable paper trail for touchscreen voting would enhance voter confidence in electronic voting; and
WHEREAS, this Board believes that because the ballots in Miami-Dade County are in English, Spanish, and Creole, the optical scan readers should be enhanced to provide trilingual display capability,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board hereby requests that the Division of Elections of the Secretary of State's office be encouraged to approve the use of a verifiable paper trail system that is compatible with the County's iVotronic voting system and to approve also the use of an optical scan reader with trilingual display capability.

Section 2. The Clerk of this Board send a certified copy of this resolution to the Florida Secretary of State, the Director of the Florida Division of Elections, and the members of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation.



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