March 16, 2005: West Hartford Public Forum on
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 releasePublic 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:
Disabled man casts 1st ballot on his own (from
The Arizona Republic)
Voters First in the Nation to Use New Ballot
Marking Technology (press release, Jan Brewer,
Secretary of State, State of Arizona)
It's time for statewide voter equality
(editorial by Mary Kiffmeyer, Minnesota's secretary
Blackwell to Deploy Uniform Statewide Voting
- Paper trail
voting system used in Nevada (from MSNBC
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
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 VerifiedVoting.org.
Oct. 8, 2004: Letter sent to Secretary of State.
regarding implementation of
Connecticut's HAVA State Plan and the drafting of
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
The letter was never acknowleged.
1: Information about the sponsoring
2: DRE Voting systems that provide a
voter-verified paper ballot
3: Information on electronic ballot marking
4: Cost comparison of alternative solutions:
DRE+VVPB printer versus polling-place-based optical
scan + ballot marking device
5: Advantages of Precinct-based optical scan