April 20, 2005
Ms. Janice Ward
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5006
Dear Ms. Ward:
We have received your letter dated April 15, 2005, and appreciate your response. To ensure that we understand your replies, we have summarized our understanding below. We would appreciate it if you would confirm that your replies represent the views of the committee, and that we have correctly interpreted your replies.
1. What professional, peer-reviewed studies have been published that prove that regional voting centers are secure, accurate, verifiable and transparent?
REPLY – The Mesa County Voting Center Committee is not using any peer-reviewed studies for its work.
2. Compared to neighborhood voting using hand-counted paper ballots, precisely how are voting centers more secure, accurate, verifiable, and transparent?
REPLY -- The Mesa County Voting Center Committee is not using any comparisons against documented standards for its work.
3. Voting center data are kept in invisible computer files rather than on real-time paper records. How would the computer data be provided to empower poll watchers and contestants to detect and challenge problems in a timely fashion?
REPLY – The Mesa County Voting Center Committee is not aware of any written plan to meet the election data requirements of poll watchers and contestants. The committee has not created a comprehensive list of these requirements.
4. Voting center ballots are issued on-demand - electronically. Traditional paper ballots are pre-printed, contain a serial number which is removed before the ballot is cast, issued to a specific voter, and tracked on paper logs. How are on-demand ballots more secret, secure, accurate, verifiable and transparent?
REPLY – The Mesa County Voting Center Committee is not aware of any reports that analyze the effectiveness of on-demand vs. pre-printed ballots.
5. When voting centers are networked together how is the voting system kept secure? When voting centers are not networked together how are electors prevented from voting more than once?
REPLY – The Mesa County Voting Center Committee is not aware of any reports that analyze the impact of voting centers on voting system security and reliability.
6. In addition the public needs to understand the consequences of eliminating the neighborhood voting place (precinct) as the organizational unit for Colorado’s political parties. What is being proposed to replace the precinct committeeperson? How will political parties be structured?
REPLY -- The Mesa County Voting Center Committee has no plans to address any changes in political party operation which might result from the dissolution of neighborhood polling places.
We hope that we have accurately represented your replies and look forward to your confirmation.