The following resolution in support of transparency in our elections process passed at the May 10, 2010 Alice General Membership Meeting. . The resolution reads as follows:
Supporting Verifiable Integrity for Electronic Voting Machines
WHEREAS, public confidence in the integrity of the election system in the United States is declining; and voting machines and the computers that add vote totals are being run with computer programs, software, and hardware that can substantially change vote totals in subtle ways that are difficult to detect; and
WHEREAS, we the people have the right to know exactly how votes are processed, to have transparent elections, and to verify the integrity of the machines and systems which are used for these elections; and
WHEREAS, the only sufficient manner to verify such integrity is to have computer scientists and hardware engineers analyze voting machines and source code for errors and malicious designs which could manipulate or wrongly process votes for elections; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party calls upon the California Secretary of State, and all California state legislators to support, pass, and implement legislation requiring that all technology used in processing our votes shall be vigorously and thoroughly inspected by publicly chosen experts under the control of a State agency; and that such technology shall end secrecy in vote tabulation, produce a paper ballot as the official record of the vote, be scientifically verifiable, multi-lingual, and handicapped-accessible, and be designed to accommodate non-traditional voting schemata when required by county registrars; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution should be distributed to the California Democratic State and Federal delegation as well as the State’s Democratic State Constitutional Officers.