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Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail Legislation in California

September 15th, 2004

Alert: Ask Governor Schwarzenegger to Sign SB1438 Into Law

Good news to report! Thanks to your efforts, the Assembly Appropriations Committee released the bi-partisan Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) bill SB1438 from its suspense file and onto the Assembly floor where it passed 73-0!! It is now also through the Senate (31-0!).

This bill would require there to be an accessible voter verified paper record of every ballot cast by the next statewide election, in March 2006.

Your calls, faxes and emails helped make this happen... but we have one more step to take!

Now the paper trail bill has passed the legislature, the Governor has thirty days to sign it or veto it. He needs to hear from YOU as soon as possible to let him know you want this law.


Contact Governor Schwarzenegger: ask him to please sign SB1438 into law.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

PHONE: 916-445-2841

FAX: 916-445-4633

A) Click here: You'll see an email form.
B) Choose "OTHER" for the subject line, and then
C) Enter "SB 1438" in the new subject line box and complete your
message to the governor.

Here's a sample letter you could use:

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

California's voters deserve the best voting systems available.

Paperless electronic voting systems used in many of our
counties do not provide for a meaningful recount as specified
in our elections code, and have known security flaws.

This problem is mitigated by adding an accessible, voter-verified
paper audit trail (AVVPAT). This means each voter can confirm
their vote was recorded accurately, and it also means every
election official has a way to conduct a meaningful recount.

California took the lead nationwide by being the first to
establish standards for AVVPAT. Now we must be first to
require legitimate voting systems that are both accessible
and auditable.

Please sign SB1438 into law today.


[put your name and address here]

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