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1 1 VoteCal Kickoff CACEO Annual Conference July 2009 Presentation by California Secretary of State’s office

2 2 Presentation Overview Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Mandate Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Mandate VoteCal History VoteCal History The VoteCal Solution The VoteCal Solution Tentative Project Schedule Tentative Project Schedule Proposed Budget Proposed Budget Expectations of County Elections Offices Expectations of County Elections Offices Questions? Questions?

3 3 HAVA’s Mandate HAVA Section 303 requires: Single, uniform statewide system for voter registration Single, uniform statewide system for voter registration Official list for federal elections Official list for federal elections Uniformity and standards for accuracy and list maintenance practices Uniformity and standards for accuracy and list maintenance practices

4 4 HAVA’s Mandate Implementation required by January 1, 2006 US Department of Justice Agreement (2005) CalVoter is not HAVA compliant CalVoter is not HAVA compliant “Interim solution” to get as compliant as possible “Interim solution” to get as compliant as possible Limited modifications to Calvoter Limited modifications to Calvoter Adoption of regulations for HAVA enforcement Adoption of regulations for HAVA enforcement Proceed with truly compliant VoteCal system as rapidly as possible Proceed with truly compliant VoteCal system as rapidly as possible

5 5 VoteCal History Dec 13, 2007RFP Released Solutions-based procurement – to increase competition and quality of proposals Requirements: What system must do, not how to do it What system must do, not how to do it Originally developed based on county input Originally developed based on county input Further refined in addenda based on county and bidder input Further refined in addenda based on county and bidder input Delayed Request for Proposal (RFP) allowed incorporation of ‘lessons learned’ from around country

6 6 VoteCal History 2008 Confidential discussions Draft proposals Jan. 29, 2009 Deadline for final proposal: 3 proposals submitted March 26, 2009 Cost opening April 24, 2009 Notice of Intent to Award May 5, 2009 Deadline to Protest: None received! June 23, 2009 Special Project Report (SPR) submitted to control agencies for project approval

7 7 VoteCal Solution – the Vendor Catalyst Consulting Group – Successfully developed and implemented similar system for Illinois Successfully developed and implemented similar system for Illinois Direct experience with many of California’s Election Management System (EMS) vendors Direct experience with many of California’s Election Management System (EMS) vendors Key partners: Key partners: DFM Associates DFM Associates Microsoft Microsoft

8 8 VoteCal Solution - Approach “Bottom-Up” Strategy County elections staff will continue to use their EMS to process registration and manage elections County elections staff will continue to use their EMS to process registration and manage elections EMSs will be modified to work directly with VoteCal (“remediation”) EMSs will be modified to work directly with VoteCal (“remediation”) Some county elections departments will migrate to a new EMS Some county elections departments will migrate to a new EMS EMS vendor can’t or won’t remediate EMS vendor can’t or won’t remediate All vendor customers want to move to a new system All vendor customers want to move to a new system

9 9 VoteCal Solution – VoteCal EMS What about the VoteCal EMS? Proposed as “option” in RFP: Alternative for county elections departments if their EMS no longer viable Proposed as “option” in RFP: Alternative for county elections departments if their EMS no longer viable Catalyst proposal included the optional EMS Catalyst proposal included the optional EMS Secretary of State decision to not implement (not required by HAVA, introduces risk, additional resource requirements) Secretary of State decision to not implement (not required by HAVA, introduces risk, additional resource requirements)

10 10 VoteCal Solution - Registration Registration Processing: real-time integration with VoteCal Identification (ID) verification Identification (ID) verification Identification and update of existing voter record Identification and update of existing voter record Assignment of state ID number Assignment of state ID number Paradigm shift: “Register in California” Single, complete record for voter Single, complete record for voter County elections departments still “own” and manage the voter records County elections departments still “own” and manage the voter records Ability to view complete record of any voter (including affidavit and signature images) Ability to view complete record of any voter (including affidavit and signature images) Cross-county moves – automatic update/merge Cross-county moves – automatic update/merge

11 11 VoteCal Solution – Other Features List maintenance (Department of Motor Vehicles, Change of Address, death notice, etc.) High-confidence matches automatically applied High-confidence matches automatically applied County capability to ‘undo’ invalid matches County capability to ‘undo’ invalid matches Probable matches resolved by County (access to full record) Probable matches resolved by County (access to full record) Flexible matching system to improve with experience Flexible matching system to improve with experience Public web site Secure voter look-up of registration status Secure voter look-up of registration status On-line voter registration On-line voter registration Voter lookup of provisional ballot status Voter lookup of provisional ballot status Voter lookup of vote-by-mail ballot status Voter lookup of vote-by-mail ballot status

12 12 Tentative Project Schedule Sept Execution of contract with vendor Oct through Jan Project Startup Phase Finalize plans and schedule Jan through Aug Design Phase “Discovery Sessions” Specifications and standards Aug through Feb Development Phase Install & configure infrastructure Develop VoteCal application Remediate EMSs

13 13 Tentative Project Schedule Feb through May 2011 Testing Phase Functional testing of VoteCal system Integration testing with EMSs Acceptance testing of VoteCal system April 2011 through July 2011 Pilot Deployment and Testing Training of staff in pilot counties Implementation at pilot counties Pilot operation of system for June 2011 election Aug through Dec Full Deployment and Go Live! Training of remaining county elections staff Deployment and conversion of remaining county elections offices Final cutover from Calvoter to VoteCal

14 14 Proposed Budget HAVA Funds Allocated for VoteCal $ 66 Million VoteCal System Development (Catalyst Bid) $ 18.2 Million Other Project One-Time Costs 23.1 Million Total Development and Implementation Costs $ 41.3 Million Ongoing Annual Operating Cost $ 4.8 Million Other Project One-Time Costs (above) includes: Remediation of EMSs (or migration to another EMS) Other contracted services (e.g., oversight, security evaluation, etc.) Network upgrade and facility fees for redundant fail-over system County expenses for participation in design sessions, training, and data conversion

15 15 Expectations of County Elections Staff Regional meetings on a periodic basis August 2009 – Kickoff with more VoteCal Project detail August 2009 – Kickoff with more VoteCal Project detail Discovery sessions (county elections staff & EMS vendors) Define the “how” of the requirements Define the “how” of the requirements Representative membership (sharing info and opinions) Representative membership (sharing info and opinions) Review of session results Review of session results Keep informed: VoteCal website:

16 16 Questions?

17 17 Key VoteCal Contacts Mary Winkley Project Director Voice: (916) Fax: (916) Bruce McDannold Elections Division Lead Voice: (916) Fax: (916) Cathy Ingram-Kelly Elections Division Lead catherine.ingram- Voice: (916) Fax: (916)


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