Friday, March 15, 2013

More comments on AB 19 from Registrars of Voters

California Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-19th) has introduced a bill that would, well, it’s short so you can read for yourself what it would do:

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the Secretary of State to implement a pilot program whereby a county may enable voters to vote via the Internet.

Etopia News spoke today with Shannon Bushey, Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, and Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County Registrar of Voters, about this bill.

Ms. Bushey said that there wasn’t enough information in the bill as it now is for her to say how she feels about it.  She said she couldn’t comment on the substance of the bill because there wasn’t enough substance to it.

Ms. Allen was even less supportive, saying “I don’t know if we’re at the point to move forward on Internet voting.” 

She hinted that AB 19 itself might not pass, saying, “I don’t know how likely it is to move ahead.”

Asked directly if she would want a state-mandated Internet voting trial in her county, she answered, “No.,”

These comments follow by one day this statement from Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley about an Internet voting trial as envisioned by AB 19:  "It's probably not something we'll be interested in doing."

1 comment:

William J. Kelleher, Ph.D. said...

Internet Voting is Coming to California

The pros and cons of Phil Ting’s bill, AB 19, to create a pathway to online voting for Californians, were heatedly debated in the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee on Tuesday, 4-23-13, and passed out of the committee on a 4 to 2 vote.