Voting Equipment Security

Voting Equipment Security

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Executive Summary

Press Release

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Study Description

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Overview

The Little Hoover Commission is reviewing voting equipment security in California. During the course of its voter participation study, the Commission determined it wanted to learn more about how the state ensures that all Californians’ votes count, particularly in light of Department of Homeland Security reports that foreign operatives in 2016 had scanned the state’s data networks.

In early 2018, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla pointed to aging voting systems as one of the gravest threats to election integrity.  Governor Brown has proposed in the 2018-2019 budget $134.3 million to provide counties with about half of the funding they will need to pay for replacement of their voting equipment.  In addition, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provides California with up to $34 million in Help America Vote Act Election Security Funds to update equipment and make security improvements. 

In this study, the Little Hoover Commission will review voting equipment security in California to better understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of the current systems, the policies, processes and procedures around their use and plans to use available funding to update this equipment.  Additionally, the Commission will hear from security and elections experts about the implementation of best practices in California and opportunities to further improve voting equipment security.

If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact Krystal Beckham at krystal.beckham@lhc.ca.gov or at 916-445-2125.  To be notified electronically of meetings, events, or when the review is complete, please send a request to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov. 

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  • February 28
    2019
    Business Meeting
    9:30 a.m., BMG Conference Room, 925 L Street, Sacramento, CA
    Business Meeting
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Business Meeting
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    925 L Street
    BMG Conference Room
    Sacramento, CA

    I. Business Meeting Minutes from October 25, 2018, November 15, 2018, January 24, 2019, and February 6, 2019

    II. Draft Report on Voting Equipment Security for Review and Possible Adoption

    III. Subcommittee Reports

    IV. Project Selection

    V. Implementation and Impact Activity

    VI. Reports from the California State Auditor’s Office

    VIII. Briefing on two recent reports about the 1991 Realignment (10:30 a.m.)

    Senate Bill 90: 1991 Realignment Report (January 2019)
    Adam Dorsey, Program Budget Manager, Department of Finance
    Teresa Calvert, Assistant Program Budget Manager, Department of Finance
    Jay Kapoor, Assistant Program Budget Manager, Department of Finance 

    Rethinking the 1991 Realignment (October 2018)
    Lourdes Morales, Principal Fiscal & Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 14, 2019

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Tamar Foster, Project Manager
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, February 28, 2019, the Little Hoover Commission will hold a business meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the BMG Conference Room located on the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento.

    At its business meeting, the Commission will review and possibly adopt a draft letter report on voting equipment security. The Commission also will consider items for future study and conduct other business as detailed on the agenda. Finally, the Commission will receive a briefing on two recent reports about the 1991 realignment from the Department of Finance and Legislative Analyst’s Office. Members of the public will have an opportunity to make comments about Commission agenda items during the business meeting.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, February 21, 2019.

  • January 24
    2019
    Business Meeting
    9:30 a.m., Room 175, 925 L Street, Sacramento, CA
    Business Meeting
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Business Meeting
    Thursday, January 24, 2019
    925 L Street, Room 175
    Sacramento, CA

    I. Business Meeting Minutes from October 25, 2018 and November 15, 2018

    II. Draft Biennial Report for Review and Possible Adoption

    III. Draft Report on Voting Equipment Security for Review and Consideration

    IV. Subcommittee Reports

    V. Project Selection

    VI. Implementation and Impact Activity

    VII. Reports from the California State Auditor’s Office

    VIII. Closed Session:

    PERSONNEL

    The Commission will meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters consistent with Government Code section 11126, subdivision (a)(1). 

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 9, 2018

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Tamar Foster, Project Manager
    (916) 445-2125

    Revised Notice of Meeting (Agenda Updated)

    On Thursday, January 24, 2019, the Little Hoover Commission will hold a business meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Conference Room 175 located on the first floor of 925 L Street in Sacramento.

    At its business meeting, the Commission will review and possibly adopt its biennial report to the Governor and Legislature and discuss a draft letter report on voting equipment security. The Commission also will consider items for future study and conduct other business as detailed on the agenda. Members of the public will have an opportunity to make comments about Commission agenda items during the business meeting.

    Following this discussion, the Commission will meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters consistent with Government Code section 11126, subdivision (a)(1).  The Commission will then reconvene in open session and publically announce any actions taken in closed session consistent with Government Code section 11126.3, subdivision(f).

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, January 17, 2019.

  • July 26
    2018
    Voting Equipment Security
    9:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento, CA
    Event
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Public Hearing on Voting Equipment Security
    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    State Capitol, Room 437
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    An Introduction to Voting Equipment Security: How do Voters Know Their Vote Counts?
    1. Pamela Smith, Senior Advisor, Verified Voting (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Noel Runyan, Owner, Personal Data Systems (Written Testimony, Attachment).
    New Models to Improve Voting Equipment Security
    1. Philip Stark, Associate Dean, Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Professor, Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley (Written Testimony)
       
    2. E. John Sebes, Chief Technology Officer, Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute (Written Testimony)
    The County Perspective on Voting Equipment Security
    1. Kammi Foote, Clerk-Recorder, County of Inyo (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Kenneth Bennett, Program Manager, Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP), Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (Written Testimony)
    The Secretary of State’s Office on Voting Equipment Security
    1. Susan Lapsley, Deputy Secretary of State, HAVA Director and Counsel, California Secretary of State (Written Testimony)
    Comments Made by the Public

    Brett Turner (Written Testimony)

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 16, 2018

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Jeanne R. Wolfe, Executive Director (A)
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing to examine voting equipment security in California. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    Immediately following the hearing, the Commission will hold a business meeting in the lower level conference room at 925 L Street in Sacramento. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on any item on the Commission’s business meeting agenda.

    Meetings of the Little Hoover Commission are open to the public except when specifically noticed otherwise in accordance with the Open Meeting Act. The Commission may take action on any item listed on the agenda, unless listed as informational only. Times are approximate and subject to change. Agenda items may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice. Written comments on the agenda items should be submitted to the Commission no later than 12:00 p.m. the day before the meeting. Email comment letters to krystal.beckham@lhc.ca.gov. For questions regarding this meeting, please call (916) 653-1028.

    The Commission endeavors to broadcast its hearings live, but this is dependent on the availability of Assembly TV the day of the hearing. Live broadcasts can be viewed on The California Channel at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/. The hearing will be video-recorded and will be made available on The California Channel’s archives at the following link within two business days: http://www.calchannel.com/video-on-demand/.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Commission Acting Executive Director Jeanne R. Wolfe at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, July 19, 2018.

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  • February 28
    2019
    Business Meeting
    9:30 a.m., BMG Conference Room, 925 L Street, Sacramento, CA
    Business Meeting
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Business Meeting
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    925 L Street
    BMG Conference Room
    Sacramento, CA

    I. Business Meeting Minutes from October 25, 2018, November 15, 2018, January 24, 2019, and February 6, 2019

    II. Draft Report on Voting Equipment Security for Review and Possible Adoption

    III. Subcommittee Reports

    IV. Project Selection

    V. Implementation and Impact Activity

    VI. Reports from the California State Auditor’s Office

    VIII. Briefing on two recent reports about the 1991 Realignment (10:30 a.m.)

    Senate Bill 90: 1991 Realignment Report (January 2019)
    Adam Dorsey, Program Budget Manager, Department of Finance
    Teresa Calvert, Assistant Program Budget Manager, Department of Finance
    Jay Kapoor, Assistant Program Budget Manager, Department of Finance 

    Rethinking the 1991 Realignment (October 2018)
    Lourdes Morales, Principal Fiscal & Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 14, 2019

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Tamar Foster, Project Manager
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, February 28, 2019, the Little Hoover Commission will hold a business meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the BMG Conference Room located on the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento.

    At its business meeting, the Commission will review and possibly adopt a draft letter report on voting equipment security. The Commission also will consider items for future study and conduct other business as detailed on the agenda. Finally, the Commission will receive a briefing on two recent reports about the 1991 realignment from the Department of Finance and Legislative Analyst’s Office. Members of the public will have an opportunity to make comments about Commission agenda items during the business meeting.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, February 21, 2019.

  • January 24
    2019
    Business Meeting
    9:30 a.m., Room 175, 925 L Street, Sacramento, CA
    Business Meeting
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Business Meeting
    Thursday, January 24, 2019
    925 L Street, Room 175
    Sacramento, CA

    I. Business Meeting Minutes from October 25, 2018 and November 15, 2018

    II. Draft Biennial Report for Review and Possible Adoption

    III. Draft Report on Voting Equipment Security for Review and Consideration

    IV. Subcommittee Reports

    V. Project Selection

    VI. Implementation and Impact Activity

    VII. Reports from the California State Auditor’s Office

    VIII. Closed Session:

    PERSONNEL

    The Commission will meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters consistent with Government Code section 11126, subdivision (a)(1). 

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 9, 2018

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Tamar Foster, Project Manager
    (916) 445-2125

    Revised Notice of Meeting (Agenda Updated)

    On Thursday, January 24, 2019, the Little Hoover Commission will hold a business meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Conference Room 175 located on the first floor of 925 L Street in Sacramento.

    At its business meeting, the Commission will review and possibly adopt its biennial report to the Governor and Legislature and discuss a draft letter report on voting equipment security. The Commission also will consider items for future study and conduct other business as detailed on the agenda. Members of the public will have an opportunity to make comments about Commission agenda items during the business meeting.

    Following this discussion, the Commission will meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters consistent with Government Code section 11126, subdivision (a)(1).  The Commission will then reconvene in open session and publically announce any actions taken in closed session consistent with Government Code section 11126.3, subdivision(f).

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, January 17, 2019.

  • July 26
    2018
    Voting Equipment Security
    9:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento, CA
    Event
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Public Hearing on Voting Equipment Security
    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    State Capitol, Room 437
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    An Introduction to Voting Equipment Security: How do Voters Know Their Vote Counts?
    1. Pamela Smith, Senior Advisor, Verified Voting (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Noel Runyan, Owner, Personal Data Systems (Written Testimony, Attachment).
    New Models to Improve Voting Equipment Security
    1. Philip Stark, Associate Dean, Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Professor, Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley (Written Testimony)
       
    2. E. John Sebes, Chief Technology Officer, Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute (Written Testimony)
    The County Perspective on Voting Equipment Security
    1. Kammi Foote, Clerk-Recorder, County of Inyo (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Kenneth Bennett, Program Manager, Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP), Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (Written Testimony)
    The Secretary of State’s Office on Voting Equipment Security
    1. Susan Lapsley, Deputy Secretary of State, HAVA Director and Counsel, California Secretary of State (Written Testimony)
    Comments Made by the Public

    Brett Turner (Written Testimony)

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 16, 2018

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Jeanne R. Wolfe, Executive Director (A)
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing to examine voting equipment security in California. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    Immediately following the hearing, the Commission will hold a business meeting in the lower level conference room at 925 L Street in Sacramento. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on any item on the Commission’s business meeting agenda.

    Meetings of the Little Hoover Commission are open to the public except when specifically noticed otherwise in accordance with the Open Meeting Act. The Commission may take action on any item listed on the agenda, unless listed as informational only. Times are approximate and subject to change. Agenda items may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice. Written comments on the agenda items should be submitted to the Commission no later than 12:00 p.m. the day before the meeting. Email comment letters to krystal.beckham@lhc.ca.gov. For questions regarding this meeting, please call (916) 653-1028.

    The Commission endeavors to broadcast its hearings live, but this is dependent on the availability of Assembly TV the day of the hearing. Live broadcasts can be viewed on The California Channel at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/. The hearing will be video-recorded and will be made available on The California Channel’s archives at the following link within two business days: http://www.calchannel.com/video-on-demand/.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Commission Acting Executive Director Jeanne R. Wolfe at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, July 19, 2018.

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