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Voting Technology

SC Legislature's Join Voting System Research Committee

91.27. (LEG: Voting System Research Committee) There is createdby the SC Legislature a joint legislative committee, entitled the "Joint Voting System Research Committee." The committee shall identify and evaluate current voting system technologies that meet the standards established by Title 7 of the 1976 Code.

The committee shall issue a report which shall include, but is not limited to, the following: (1) an evaluation of each form of voting system technology considered by the committee, including costs, usability, reliability, accessibility, ability to conduct random audits of election results, and security matters related to each, as well as any possible solutions to address any concerns raised; (2) consideration of best practices established by the United States Election Assistance Commission; and (3) an analysis as to which technology should be implemented in South Carolina. This analysis shall include costs to acquire and fully implement the recommended technology for a statewide uniform voting system. The analysis must include proposed milestones and success measures for implementation.

The report shall be submitted to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee no later than January 30, 2016, after which the committee shall be dissolved.

The Committe held its first meeting on November 10, 2015. Click Here for the Nov. 10th Agenda.

League Member Duncan Buell, a USC professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, presented the following testimony at this meeting.

An Example of an RFP for Acquisition of New Equipment

Stephanie Singer, city commissioner for Philadelphia, has drafted a Request For Proposals for new voting equipment for that city.

Presentation to the Legislative Audit Council

Aternative Voting Technologies

The LWVSC has organized a task force on alternative voting technologies. Further information can be found here.

Election Audits

An Audit of the South Carolina 2012 General Election of November 6, 2012.

"An Audit of the South Carolina 2012 Republican Presidential Preference Primary of January 21, 2012 (Interim Report 2/24/2012)," a report and analysis.

Auditing a DRE-based Election in South Carolina

Op-Eds in South Carolina Newspapers

What's New: LWVSC Interview with State Election Officials

The LWVSC recently had an interview with Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Elections Commission. A report on that meeting can be found here.

News Release 1/21/08

League of Women Voters Calls on State Elections Commission to Address Voting System Problems -- press release

LWVSC Positions and Briefs on Voting Technology

Background and Action on Voting Technology Issues

The white paper, Unsafe for Any Ballot Count: A Computer Scientist's Look at the ES&S iVotronic in Light of Reports from Ohio, California, and Florida, was prepared for LWVSC following the publication in December 2007 of the report by the Secretary of State of Ohio.

LWVSC has published a Letter to the Editor, Vote in the Presidential Primaries, in major newspapers in South Carolina.

The report from Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner can be found here.

The report to the Florida Secretary of State can be found here.

The report from California Secretary of State Debra Bowen can be found here. (Note that the California report does not address the iVotronic voting machine used in South Carolina, but that many of the issues raised in Ohio and in Florida are issues raised in California about other voting machines.)

The draft report written for the National Institute of Standards and Technology regarding "software independence" in voting machines. (Warning: this is a technical paper.)

Another draft report to NIST on software independence. (Warning: this is also a technical paper.)