Thursday, March 21, 2013

Neither Secretary of State nor San Diego RoV supports AB 19, continuing trend

The California Secretary of State's office told Etopia News yesterday that it has not taken a position on AB 19, the pending Internet voting bill from Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-19th).

Michael Vu, the Registrar of Voters of San Diego County, wasn’t any more supportive, telling Etopia News by phone that to say San Diego County would be willing to host the kind of Internet voting trial envisioned by AB 19 would be “very premature.”

“Conceptually, you don’t want to shut off any alternatives, but Internet voting would need to demonstrate that it was a viable approach.”

These comments come on the heels of other recent expressions of lack of interest in this proposed legislation, whose current text reads, in its entirety:

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.”

In “No Internet Voting for Humboldt County,” that county’s Registrar of Voter, Carolyn Crnich, said that, “No, I wouldn’t want it in my county.”

In “More comments on AB 19 from Registrars of Voters,” Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey said she did not have enough about or from the bill to have a position on it, while Cathy Darling Allen, Registrar of Voters of Shasta County, said that “I don’t know if we’re at the point to move forward on Internet voting.” 

Also cited in that article was a comment from Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley that such an AB 19-generated Internet voting trial was “probably not something we'll be interested in doing."

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