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March 16, 2005: West Hartford Public Forum on Electronic Voting

TrueVoteCT presented Leave No Voter Behind!, a public forum on electronic voting in Connecticut, on Wednesday, March 16, 2005, in the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium. Click here for full press release.

Feb. 10, 2005: Press release

Public is urged to attend February 14th hearing on Bill 55 that requires voting verification in CT. Click here for full press release.

Jan. 21, 2005: Update of October 8, 2004 letter to the Secretary of State

An update to the October 8 letter to the Secretary of State was hand-delivered to the SOTS office on January 21. This letter mentioned the successful test of a ballot-marking device in several Arizona counties during the November 2004 election, the positive recent experience of Nevada with voter-verified ballot (VVPB) printers installed on DRE machines, and Ohio's Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell's January 12 announcement that Ohio has abandoned its previous plan to deploy DRE touch screen voting systems statewide, deploying instead a statwide system of precinct-based optical scanners.

Supporting documentation for the update includes:
  1. Arizona: Disabled man casts 1st ballot on his own (from The Arizona Republic)
  2. Arizona Voters First in the Nation to Use New Ballot Marking Technology (press release, Jan Brewer, Secretary of State, State of Arizona)
  3. Minnesota: It's time for statewide voter equality (editorial by Mary Kiffmeyer, Minnesota's secretary of state)
  4. Ohio: Blackwell to Deploy Uniform Statewide Voting System
  5. Paper trail voting system used in Nevada (from MSNBC News)
  6. In Nevada, touchscreen voting leaves paper trail (from USA Today)

Jan. 11, 2005: Vendors Conference.

Several of us attended the vendors conference on January 11, 2005, at which questions from vendors and the general public concerning the RFP were answered verbally. All questions and answers will be formally posted as an addendum to the RFP on or about February 7, 2005 to the Department of Administrative Services website.

Jan. 9, 2005 Newsletter.

TrueVoteCT was established as an organization on January 5, 2005. Our first newsletter summarizes the activities up to that time.

Jan. 5, 2005: Bill 55 introduced.

Sen. Defronzo, 6th district, introduced Proposed Bill 55, An Act Promoting Voting System Accuracy, Integrity and Security Through Voter-Verified Permanent Paper Records. It will be referred to the Committee on Government Administration and Elections (GAE).

Dec. 22, 2004: Press Conference.

The Secretary of State held a press conference to announce the issuing of the RFP. Members of the general public were allowed to attend but were prevented from asking questions.

Dec. 21, 2004: RFP posted.

A request for proposals for Direct Recording Electronic ("DRE") Voting Machines was posted on Dec. 21, 2004. The official copy of the RFP as subsequently amended is maintained at the SOTS web site. A summary report of Connecticut's RFP to DRE voting systems was prepared by Bob Kibrick of

Oct. 8, 2004: Letter sent to Secretary of State.

A letter regarding implementation of Connecticut's HAVA State Plan and the drafting of the RFP for the purchase of HAVA-funded voting systems was submitted to the Secretary of State, the Honorable Susan Bysiewicz, on October 8, 2004. Background technical information was contained in five attachments:

  • Appendix 1: Information about the sponsoring organizations
  • Appendix 2: DRE Voting systems that provide a voter-verified paper ballot
  • Appendix 3: Information on electronic ballot marking devices
  • Appendix 4: Cost comparison of alternative solutions: DRE+VVPB printer versus polling-place-based optical scan + ballot marking device
  • Appendix 5: Advantages of Precinct-based optical scan over DREs
The letter was never acknowleged.
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