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Meeting Agenda: March 12, 2020

Elections Commission
City and County of San Francisco
Open Source Voting System Technical Advisory Committee
Christopher Jerdonek, Chair
Roan Kattouw, Vice Chair
Carl Hage
Tony Wasserman
Open Source Voting System Technical Advisory Committee (OSVTAC)
of the San Francisco Elections Commission
Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Room 421
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California 94102

[Note: links to packet documents will be inserted below as soon as they are available.]

Order of Business

1. Call to Order & Roll Call

2. General Public Comment

Public comment on any issue within the Committee’s general jurisdiction that is not covered by another item on this agenda.

3. Open Source Election Systems (OSES)

Discussion and possible action regarding Open Source Election Systems (OSES) and their approach to funding the development of an open source voting system.

OSVTAC will discuss with members of OSES via videoconference:

Agenda Packet:

4. Los Angeles County VSAP (Voting Solutions for all People)

Discussion and possible action regarding Los Angeles County’s VSAP (Voting Solutions for all People).

Agenda Packet:

  1. LA Times, “L.A. County supervisors want answers to widespread voting problems” (PDF), March 4, 2020. [source]
  2. LA Times, “California officials demand changes to L.A. voting after election day chaos” (PDF), March 5, 2020. [source]
  3. NY Times, “Long Waits Frustrate Los Angeles Voters” (PDF), March 4, 2020. [source]
  4. Washington Post, “Los Angeles County’s bold effort to improve voting leads to malfunctioning equipment, long lines and angry voters” (PDF), March 4, 2020. [source]

5. San Francisco’s Open Source Voting Project

Discussion and possible action regarding San Francisco’s Open Source Voting System Project.

Agenda Packet:

  1. DT OSV COIT Budget Request (PDF)
  2. DT OSV “State of the Art” Slides (PDF)
  3. DT OSV “State of the Art” Report (PDF)
  4. DT Response to TAC Recommendations (PDF)

6. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Discussion and possible action to approve Minutes for the October 10, 2019; November 14, 2019; January 9, 2020, February 13, 2020; and February 28, 2020 Committee meetings.

Agenda Packet:

  1. Draft February 13, 2020 Minutes
  2. Draft February 28, 2020 Minutes

7. Administration

Discussion and possible action regarding administrative issues including but not limited to attendance at Elections Commission meetings by Committee members, the Committee’s website, and the Committee’s written reports to the Commission.

Agenda Packet:

8. Member Reports

Member reports on committee-related activities not covered by another item on this agenda, including but not limited to the last Elections Commission meeting, Department of Elections progress, research findings, conferences, and news reports.

9. Topics for future discussion

Discussion and possible action regarding topics for future discussion.

Attendance for the remainder of the meeting will be optional for committee members.

10. Voting System Component Development

Discussion and possible action regarding OSVTAC developing and/or facilitating the development of one or more voting system components as a proof of concept.


There will be an opportunity for public comment on each agenda item.

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