Mark Church SMC Elections Officer
By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil
Above photos Mark Church left and Brent Turner right
San Mateo County Registrar Mark Church today moved one step closer to purchasing the voting system that election security activists are pushing to avoid in a lengthy and often contentious Board of Supervisors meeting.
Civil rights activist Brent Turner noted the country as ” under attack ” by outside interference agents and directed the county to align with San Francisco’s movement toward less expensive -more secure ” public software ” systems.
Church, teaming with the Hart InterCivic sales crew as well as his second in command Jim Irizarry, insisted that the Texas based Hart Co. was immune from the security problems highlighted nationally Church was then joined by County Supervisor Warren Slocum who publicly mis-stated Hart had been given a clean bill of health by the California ” Top to Bottom ” Review under the direction of then Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
” The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors are being asked to make another purchase of systems already adjudicated as insecure and that is outrageous” stated Turner ” Not only is the vendor price gauging due to vendor lock-in conditions..they are selling systems injurious to the national security.”
Supervisor David Canepa questioned the vendors about the lack of security to no avail. Supervisor Pine noted that New Hampshire had already moved forward with a public voting system. while discarding their need for a vendor.
” Be very afraid of not having someone to blame if something goes wrong ” responded the Hart Team. ” Remember who’s had your back. “
The county will be moving toward a decision after Request for Proposal process.
” This is a breach of the highest public duty . I predict anyone that disregards the science and security will eventually be held responsible ” said Turner ” The national security remains at stake.”
Filed under Board of Supervisors, Brent Turner, Carole Groom, Dave Canepa, Dave Pine, Don Horsley, Michael G. Stogner, San Mateo County Manager, San Mateo County News, Senator Jerry Hill, Tax Payer's Advocate, Those Who Matter, Victim's Advocate, Warren Slocum