FROM:   Kim Alexander, CVF President
DATE:   January 8, 2001
RE:   Upcoming Voting Technology Events

Hi Folks,

Happy new year! I hope everyone's new year and new millennium is off to a good start.

The vote counting problems in Florida have given rise to new efforts to improve voting technology in California and nationwide. There are several important public hearings and events coming up that I'll be participating in and want to let CVF-NEWS subscribers know about in advance in case you are interested in attending.

In addition, this evening California Governor Gray Davis will deliver his annual State of the State, and some details about how to tune in are also featured below, as well as some other upcoming Cal Channel programming relating to California's energy crisis.

In this edition of CVF-NEWS:

* Secretary of State hosts Election Technology Expo in Sacramento
* Assembly Elections Committee to hold two-day voting tech hearing
* Upcoming voting technology debate at the National Press Club
* Gray Davis to Deliver State of the State today
* Cal Channel to broadcast historic utility deregulation hearings on Jan. 9

Secretary of State hosts Election Technology Expo in Sacramento

Details: Election Technology Expo 2001
Tuesday, January 16, 2001, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, Sacramento CA

Sponsored by Secretary of State Bill Jones and co-sponsored by Assemblyman John Longville, this day-long event will include three morning panels featuring numerous election and technology experts, as well as an exposition of various voting systems that will be open until 3 p.m. I'll be participating in the third panel of the day, from 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., titled, "Emerging Technologies in Elections", moderated by Alfie Charles and also featuring Wes Gullett of the McCain 2000 Web team and Trudell Een of the League of Women Voters' "Smart Voter" web site.

Assembly Elections Committee to hold two-day voting tech hearing

Details: Informational Hearing on Voting Technology
Tuesday and Wednesday, January 16-17, 2001
California State Capitol, Sacramento CA
Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., State Capitol, Room 4203
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., State Capitol, Room 4202

Sponsored by the Assembly Elections & Reapportionment Committee, this two-day informational hearing will bring together county election officials, voting technology vendors, state agency staff and election experts to discuss California voting procedures, computerized and touch-screen voting, and Internet voting.

Below is a list of invited speakers:

Tuesday -- Secretary of State Bill Jones; Kimball Brace, Election Data Services; and several county clerks.

Wednesday -- Fred Woocher, an elections law attorney; Bion Gregory, chief counsel to the Legislature; Howard Cramer, Sequoia Pacific Systems; Peter Neumann, SRI International; John Mott Smith, head of the Secretary of State's Elections Division; Ed Gerck,; Bill Taylor,; David Jefferson, Compaq Network Systems Lab; and Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation.

Upcoming voting technology debate at the National Press Club

Details: National Press Club Debate on Computerized Voting
Thursday, January 18, 2001, 12 noon - 4 p.m.
National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor
529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

This debate is co-sponsored by George Washington University's Cyberspace Policy Institute and and GW's Democracy Online Project's National Task Force, co-chaired by former U. S. Representatives Patricia Schroeder and Richard White. The debate will consist of two panels that will examine voter registration, vote counting, and vote recounting in light of the confusion surrounding voting in election 2000.

Speakers include: Chip Rabinowitz, Diversified Dynamics/Unisys Corp; Jim Adler,; Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Visiting Lecturer in Computer Science at Bryn Mawr College; Dr. Lance J.Hoffman, Professor, Computer Science Department, George Washington University; Dr. Paul Herrnson, Professor of Government, University of Maryland; Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation and member of the California Internet Voting Task Force; David Cheney, Principal Investigator, NSF/Internet Policy Institute/Univ.Maryland Task Force on Internet Voting, and Deborah M. Phillips, Voting Integrity Project.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so if you are interested in attending please RSVP by close of business on Friday, January 12, 2001; via phone: 202-872-4876; fax: 202-872-8258; or email:

For more details, visit:

Gray Davis to Deliver State of the State today

This evening California Governor Gray Davis will address both houses of the Legislature to deliver the annual State of the State. The event will likely last about one hour and will be broadcast live on the California Channel. While cable companies that carry Cal Channel generally end the station's broadcast at 3:30 p.m., this evening carriage is likely to be extended on many stations to accommodate the Governor's address, which begins at 5 p.m. If you can't watch the address on TV, you might try the Internet -- either the Cal Channel web site, at, or the newly-redesigned State of California web site, at Many public radio stations are likely to carry the broadcast live as well.

Cal Channel to broadcast historic utility deregulation hearings on Jan. 9

I just checked out Cal Channel's schedule for this week and tomorrow, Tuesday January 9, they are rebroadcasting an August 25, 1996 conference committee hearing at the State Capitol on Electrical Industry Restructuring. The hearing rebroadcast begins at 9 a.m., and is followed at 3 p.m. by a press conference on Electric Industry Reform that was held on the same day back in 1996. Anyone interested in learning how we got to the crisis we're in today would benefit tremendously from watching these two important, historic events. Thanks to the California Channel for using its resources in such a beneficial way!

That's all the news for now. Please remember that the California Voter Foundation maintains a schedule of all the events we participate in on our web site at

Have a great week,

--Kim Alexander, President, California Voter Foundation,, (916) 325-2120

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