(To be proposed at the Demcoratic Party Precinct Convetion for Precinct 1234 - March 7th)
WHEREAS, the disabled community has legitimate concerns that improper implementation of a voter-verified paper audit trail could deny a vision-impaired voter the same opportunity for access and participation, including privacy and independence, to an electronic voting machine as is required in the Help America Vote Act (HAVA); and
WHEREAS, the technology exists today to build electronic voting machines that incorporate a voter-verified paper trail that is accessible to vision-impaired voters;
WHERAS, proprietary software and technology in voting machines prevents proper validation of electronic voting machines;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that all electronic voting equipment used in public elections must incorporate an accessible voter-verified paper audit trail that can be hand-counted in the event a recount is needed as soon as practical, but in no case any later than the November 2008 Texas general election; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that voting machines which incorporate proprietary software or hardware cannot be certified for use; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Congress make funds available for the purchase of machines that meet these standards nationwide.
Turtle Creek Democrats
The home for Democrats in Precinct 1234, Dallas, Texas.
Geoff Staples, Chair