voting system because of several problems, including inaccurately counting votes in the last election.
Yet three of the top four voting system makers Diebold Election Systems, Sequoia Voting Systems and Hart/InterCivic are struggling to attain federal and state approvals for voting systems meeting those laws.
Enthusiasm swells for all
Lawmakers contacted Tuesday declined to weigh in on Alameda County's effort, saying they hadn't seen the bill yet. But politicians have been wary of changing the dynamics of the campaigns that got them elected, and as recently as last year, they rejected six counties' effort to try an all mail election.
Alameda County elections chief Elaine Ginnold has $8.5 million in federal money to spend on a new voting system but, she said, nothing worth taking the gamble on.
By late afternoon, local elections officials in at least 12 counties, all in Northern California and including San Mateo, Marin, Solano and Sonoma, had signaled an interest in perhaps joining Alameda County's legislation for much the same reason.
Still, Alameda County's effort comes at a time of surging popularity for voting by mail, with 40 percent of voters in the last statewide election casting absentee ballots. Mail in balloting is even more popular in the Bay Area at 45 percent of the turnout in the November special election, with Alameda County at 47 percent and counties such as San Mateo and Solano at or above 50 percent.
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Voting reform advocates in Alameda County largely favored the move, and county supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to seek emergency legislation as a way out of a chaotic market in voting machinery.
For many counties, that translates into a computerized, ATM like touch screen voting machine that can generate an audio version of a ballot in multiple languages. But California law, also effective Jan. 1, requires all touch screen voting machines to Wallet Louis Vuitton
for an all vote by mail primary in June, local elections officials in a dozen other California counties were talking about the same thing.
But the swell of enthusiasm for abandoning polling places and conducting an election by mail could get a chillier reception in Sacramento, where Democrats and Republicans alike have blocked all previous attempts at voting entirely by mail.
The leading reason Alameda County wants its primary in the mail is the lack of any polling place voting machinery with either state approval or a trouble free record at counting votes. county to have at least one handicapped accessible votingmachine in each polling place by Jan. 1.
A fourth vendor, Omaha, Neb. based Election Systems Software, has a ballot marking device called the AutoMark that fits the bill and is approved for use in California. But state elections officials recently threatened to withdraw certification of ES latest Louis Vuitton Iena Mm
"It hasn't happened yet; I can't imagine it'll happen now at the last minute," said one Democratic staffer.
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"I'm just looking at a lack of options now," she said. An all mail election "is a practical solution that would give us more time to be deliberate and more time for these systems to be well tested by the secretary of state and certified."
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