December 20, 2011

Technology Failures Prompt Criticism of Secretary of State

THE LATEST technology snafus to hit California's Secretary of State's Office have added to growing frustration from registrars and watchdog groups, who say Debra Bowen has been unresponsive to their concerns.

It's gotten so bad that Derek Cressman, Common Cause's Western states regional director, is calling for legislative oversight hearings on the secretary of state's technology operations. And Gail Pellerin, president of the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials says, "It's been really hard to get a seat at the table." She claims that system downtown is causing unwieldy backlogs in local offices.

At issue is the CalVoter and Cal-Access systems which handle voter registrations and campaign contribution and lobbying information.

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