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Articles of Incorporation
California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) is a
California nonprofit non-stock mutual benefit corporation
designed to create new voting systems utilizing free open source
software and inexpensive commodity components.
Additionally, to support the new voting system infrastructure,
CAVO will do training, education and development of election
officials for the effective employment of technologies and
initial focus is on California, we intend to adhere to
international standards and produce voting systems that can be
used across the USA and around the world.
Over the past 10 years,
jurisdictions in California have spent over $400 million on new
voting systems. We are spending over $100 million per year to
run elections -- a rate of over $10 per ballot cast. These costs
can be greatly reduced while make the voting experience better, more
reliable, more trustworthy, more auditable, and more convenient
formation of CAVO, December 23, 2013, coincides with new
legislation that takes effect January 1, 2014, which will
facilitate making publicly owned voting systems a reality.
owned by the public, organized and operated mostly by election
officials, for the mutual benefit of its members, which includes
individuals, voting jurisdictions, academic and research
organizations, technologists, and service providers.
It is necessary,
in a properly functioning democracy, that votes are counted with
proper security and precision. To ensure that the will of the
people is being honored and that democracy is protected we must
mandate the use of the most secure and transparent voting systems
of accurate vote counting systems was brought to the attention of
the world during the 2000 United States Presidential Election. The
inability of election officials to determine voter intent concerning
hanging and pregnant chads led to lawsuits and public outrage and
ultimately to the decertification of punch card voting systems
across the United States. The federal government then passed the
Help American Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002 and the voters of California
approved Proposition 41 which established restrictive multilevel
mandates and provided hundreds of millions of dollars for the
development and use of modernized voting systems.
many election officials used the state and federal money available
to purchase in good faith what they believed were the best systems
available. However, in 2007, Secretary of State Debra Bowen
conducted a “Top to Bottom” review inviting technical experts to
examine the voting systems and found vulnerabilities within the
source code of every voting system in use in California. As a result
of the security issues discovered within the voting systems,
Secretary Bowen established new and even more restrictive
regulations that essentially decertified the use of touch screen
voting machines for regular public use in California elections.
Today most voters in California are using a paper based ballot
system that is tabulated with outdated and antiquated technology.
Many voting officials are left with little to no funding to upgrade
or modernize voting technology.
the complex and cost prohibitive regulatory environment must be
changed to allow for innovation to enter the market, Senator Padilla
worked with Los Angeles County to introduce and pass Senate Bill 360
in 2013. This law provided the regulatory relief necessary to pave
the way for open voting systems and innovative voting system
technologies to become certified for use in California.
December 23, 2013 the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO)
was launched for the purpose
of providing open voting systems for
use in public elections, as well as to provide training, education,
and management practices to election officials for the effective
employment of open source technologies. CAVO recognized the
monumental work by Open Voting Consortium and others and has
embarked on a mission to create funding and resources for the
certification and implementation of the most secure and least
expensive voting systems.
of secure and transparent voting systems is essential to the future
of our country. CAVO, working with community members and election
officials exists to aid in the effort toward solution.