From: Senator Debra Bowen's Office
Contact: Evan Goldberg (916) 651-4028
SACRAMENTO – “The fact that we’re only learning about this more than a month after it happened is as outrageous as it is unacceptable. You don’t build people’s confidence in the voting systems you’re asking them to use by refusing to talk about the problems with the machines in public. I don’t know why the Secretary of State is so intent on keeping all of the problems with these machines a secret, but California voters deserve better.”
That was how Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach), the chairwoman of the Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee, reacted to a report from the Associated Press today that it had uncovered a letter from the California Secretary of State’s office sent shortly after the November 2005 special election disclosing problems with the Elections Systems & Software (ES&S) voting machines used in that election.