Report 2012-112 Recommendation 1 Responses

Report 2012-112: Office of the Secretary of State: It Must Do More to Ensure Funds Provided Under the Federal Help America Vote Act Are Spent Effectively (Release Date: August 2013)

Recommendation #1 To: Secretary of State, Office of the

To ensure that the public, county registrars, and potential voting system developers understand how the secretary of state will make voting system approval decisions, the Office should make it a priority to develop regulations describing voting system standards in accordance with state law. It should begin the formal rule-making process by January 2014.

1-Year Agency Response

The Secretary of State (SOS) began the formal rulemaking process on October 25, 2013, with the publication of the Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action and the commencement of the public comment period. A public hearing was held on December 13, 2013. The written public comment period ended on January 3, 2014, and the SOS received a substantial number of comments. The SOS has been working with stakeholders to address all of the comments in the final rule-making package that will be submitted to the Office of Administrative Law for final approval.

  • Estimated Completion Date: August 31, 2014
  • Response Date: August 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented


6-Month Agency Response

The Secretary of State (SOS) began the formal rulemaking process on October 25, 2013, with the publication of the Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action and the commencement of the public comment period. A public hearing was held on December 13, 2013. The written public comment period ended on January 3, 2014, and the SOS is currently reviewing the comments submitted.

  • Estimated Completion Date: The formal rulemaking process should be completed, and the voting system regulations effective, by August 2014
  • Response Date: February 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

The Secretary of State (SOS) began developing and drafting voting system regulations prior to the audit's inception. The SOS anticipates beginning the formal rule-making process in November 2013 and anticipates the regulations will be effective by July 2014.

  • Estimated Completion Date: The formal rule-making process will begin in November 2013
  • Response Date: October 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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