Monday, January 07, 2008

Be downtown Tues AM for Pima election integrity

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry

UPDATE, 1/8, 1pm: All requested records will be released! More details from Mike Bryan.

UPDATE, 1/8, 10:30am: In a rowdy meeting, Pima Supervisors moved in the right direction by voting to drop the appeal and comply with the court order. I was honored to be called on to speak and encourage the board to release all the records. Then I had to leave and go to work.

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TUCSON -- On December 18th, Judge Michael Miller ruled in favor of the Pima County Democratic Party and ordered the release of the County's electronic voting database for the 2006 Primary and General elections.

Three days later, Pima County filed a notice of appeal and motion to stay the release.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will hear from the public on whether or not to drop the appeal and release the records at their next meeting, 9am, Tuesday, January 8 at 130 West Congress, 1st Floor Hearing Room.

Arizona law gives political parties responsibility for election oversight. The use of computers, however, has effectively ended observation of the vote count.

Without access to the voting database, the public has no way of knowing if tampering has occurred or if software has malfunctioned. If no one can review voting data, there is no deterrent to electronic tampering.

- from Pima Dems

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