August 13, 2007 By News Report
"As the voice of California counties, we are deeply concerned about the methodology used in the top-to-bottom review process, as well as the secretary of state's subsequent decisions based on those findings," said McIntosh in a release. "We do not believe that these results reflect a realistic and accurate evaluation of our electronic voting systems, all of which have passed comprehensive federal testing standards as well as California's more rigorous thresholds for security, accuracy and reliability.
"California counties have made a significant investment into these voting systems to ensure that they are secure, accurate and reliable. And, the Office of the Secretary of State previously certified all of the systems. Now, our counties must respond to an 11th-hour decision, based upon a flawed analysis, that could threaten the smooth and efficient running of upcoming elections. This decision was made without any consultation with those responsible for actually conducting elections -- our county elections officials.
"The veracity of any election -- no matter what type of equipment is used -- comes down to the integrity of the individuals responsible. County elections officials in California have always been, and will continue to be, above reproach.
"CSAC will provide additional comment once we have an opportunity to analyze the secretary of state's decision and its potential impacts."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.