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2009 Election Study Group Report 08-27-10 FINAL

2009 Election Study Group Report 08-27-10 FINAL

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Analysis of Travis County’sCurrent Voting System andRecommendations forFuture Systems
2009 Travis County ClerkElection Study GroupFinal Report
2009 Travis County Clerk Election Study Group
 
Chaired by Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County ClerkP.O. Box 149325, Austin, Texas 78714-93255501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751-1410512-854-9188 or 512-854-4996www.co.travis.tx.us 
 
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
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Executive Summary
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 Mission Statement
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 The Format of this Report
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Introduction and Background
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Election Study Group Membership
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 Rules of Conduct
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 A Brief History of Travis County Voting Issues
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 During the Last Twenty YearsSummaries of the Meetings of the 2009 Election Study Group
Meeting 1: Welcome and Overview of Election Administration 27Meeting 2: An Up-Close Look at Travis County’sCurrent Voting System 31Meeting 3: Group Discussion of Concerns with Travis County’sCurrent Voting System 33Meeting 4: Understanding the Certification Process for Voting Systems 43Meeting 5: Electronic Voting Systems (DREs) andUse of the Voter Verified Paper Trail (VVPAT) 47Meeting 6: Optical Scan/Digital Scan Precinct Ballot Counter Voting Systems 53Meeting 7: Conducting Hand Count Paper Ballot Elections 57Meeting 8: Cost Comparison of Voting Systemswith Review and Discussion 61Meeting 9: Developing Recommendations for Presentationto Commissioners Court 71
Comments and Recommendations
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 Appendices
Appendix A Outline of Study Group Mission, Background Issues and Process 79Appendix B Voting Systems Comparisons 85Appendix C Evaluating Security for Travis County Voting Systems by Brent Waters 125Appendix D Texas House Committee on Elections, 2008 Interim Report, Pages 5-30
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Minority Reports
Appendix E #1:Submitted by Jim McNabb 161Appendix F #2:Submitted by Karen Renick 167

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