Re "No need for Bowen to take a bow on voting" (Editorials, Aug. 13): While serving as Secretary of State Debra Bowen has restricted the use of electronic voting systems which were tested by the state and found to be consistently lacking in adequate security.
Voters applauded her courageous move to protect the voters of California as she moved the state to vote using primarily paper ballots, the United Nations gold standard for secure elections. Paper ballots should remain the standard in California for election protection: paper is safer, more transparent (no black box), can be reconciled and recounted, and doesn't require enormous multi-million dollar expenditures for black box technology that lacks transparency.
Bowen is heralded by the voters, her fine national reputation is widely respected due to her record as a true public servant, protecting the interests of the voters of California.
-- Gail Work, La Honda, co-founder of National Election Integrity Coalition