SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Alex Padilla has certified two new remote accessible vote-by-mail systems for use in California elections. California is the first state to certify these types of systems, which provide an accessible option for citizens with disabilities to mark their vote-by-mail ballots privately and independently.

“I’m proud that California is on the forefront of making elections more accessible for voters with disabilities,” Secretary of State Padilla said. “Voters have a fundamental right to cast a secret ballot; unfortunately this can be difficult for some voters with disabilities. These new systems will allow voters with disabilities to receive their ballots at home and mark them independently and privately before sending them back to elections officials.”

Voters with disabilities have unique challenges accessing the convenience of vote-by-mail. Voters with visual or physical impairments often rely on others to assist them in reading and marking their ballot. Remote accessible vote-by-mail systems allow voters with disabilities to mark an electronic vote-by-mail ballot independently at home. Their ballot would then need to be printed and mailed to a county elections official or returned to a polling place.

“Both of the remote accessible vote-by-mail systems will allow voters with disabilities to vote by mail as privately and independently as possible,” said Fred Nisen, Attorney for Voting Rights at Disability Rights California.

Democracy Live and Five Cedars received certification for their remote accessible vote-by-mail systems to be used in California on Wednesday.

California has one of the most strenuous testing and certification programs in the country. New voting systems applying for certification in California go through months of testing, including functional testing, source code review, red team security testing that involves experts trying to “break into” the voting system, and accessibility and volume testing as well.

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What Mr. Padilla needs to concentrate on is the ILLEGAL VOTER REGISTRATIONS that are being done in local neighborhood
home garages by individuals who REGISTER ANYONE they want and then simply "sign off" under penalty of perjury and deliver the COMPLETED AND ILLEGAL VOTER REGSITRATION cards to the County's Voter Registration Office. The "Safe at Home" program lets these individuals use a Post Office Box instead of their actual home address (because illegal aliens and homeless do not have a home address and ICE might show up) and the "confirmation voter registrations" and "vote by mail" are then sent to the post office box so these illegals can vote without showing up to the local polling place! See the Notice for "Safe at Home" that lists "Register to Vote:"
"Safe at Home
Domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault cross ethnic, racial, age, gender, religious, national origin, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic lines to affect millions of Americans each year. Fortunately, there is Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program administered by the California Secretary of State’s office that offers victims anonymity and a new start towards a brighter future free from fear.
Safe at Home participants can use a free P.O. Box instead of their home address to help them maintain their privacy when receiving first-class mail, opening a bank account, completing a confidential name change, filling out government documents, registering to vote, getting a driver’s license, enrolling a child in school, and more. Since 1999, Safe at Home has helped to protect more than 7,000 survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault, as well as reproductive health care doctors, nurses, volunteers, and patients. I hope you will take time to explore this web site to see if Safe at Home may be of benefit to you or someone you know.
Every Californian should feel and be Safe at Home."

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