11.16.2004

Dear Ms. Daly:

In response to the e-mail sent to our office regarding your concerns about early voting at the Richard Riordan Public Library, the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk would like you to know how much we appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback to us. It is largely through information from voters such as you that we are able to refine our election services delivery system.

Los Angeles County is currently using the Diebold Direct Entry Voting Machines. These “touchscreen machines” are not connected by radio or telephone to the headquarters of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk. The card you received to activate the Touchscreen unit, a Voter Access Card (VAC), commonly known as a “smartcard,” did not contain any personal information about you or how you voted. The card’s memory chip is used to tell the Touchscreen unit which precinct you live in so that the correct ballot style appears on the screen. Once you touched “Cast Ballot” and the VAC ejected from the unit, it was deactivated. Votes are stored on both a hard drive in the Touchscreen unit and a removable flashdisk used to transfer the votes to tally software at our Norwalk Headquarters. Tamper evident seals and pouches are used by our staff to maintain the security of these flashdisks at all times, In accordance with the security processes prepared by this Department and approved by the California Secretary of State.

Thank you again for bringing your concern to our attention.

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