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Elections Commission

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Elections Commission Meeting

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 7:01 pm

City Hall Room 408






1.         CALL TO ORDER


2.          ROLL CALL


3.         FLAG SALUTE


4.         Public Comment on any issue within the Elections Commission’s general jurisdiction.


5.         Director’s Report


              Report of Controller’s Audit

              Update of the voting equipment contract for June 2006 election                         

              Plans for voting equipment for November 2006 election

             • Status of talks with Elections Systems and Software (ES&S)

              Election Plan for Consolidated Primary Election for June 2006                                   

              Divisions’ Preparations Report            


6.         Commissioners’ Reports


              Meetings with public officials

 Meetings with nongovernmental organizations

 Oversight and Observation activities

 Long-range planning for Commission activities and areas of study


7.         Discussion and possible action concerning what the Commission can do to ensure that the Department’s budget is adequate.




8.           New Business


(a)       Discussion and possible action to approve the minutes for the      Commission meeting of February 15, 2006.


(b)       Discussion and possible action to provide Commissioners with badges permitting unlimited access to all elections operations.

(c)       Discussion and possible action to resume two meetings per month of the full Elections Commission.


(d)       Discussion and possible action to refer budgetary classification of Commission Secretary position matter to Budget and Policy Committee.  Motion: To refer to the Budget and Policy Committee the question posed by the Director of Elections of whether to continue classifying the Commission Secretary position as full-time; to hold hearings and take testimony, if necessary, from the Director of Elections, from the Controller or his designee, and from any other party that might be able to provide useful information; and that the Budget and Policy Committee will provide a recommendation at the April 19, 2006 full Commission meeting.  (Commissioner Gleason)


(e)     Discussion and possible action to make a presentation to the Mayor’s Office and the Board of Supervisors to explain what happens in the Department and how voters are affected by budget cutbacks.


(f)     Introduction of proposed amendments to the Elections Commission's Bylaws, including (a) clarifying the Commission's powers and duties in accordance with the San Francisco Charter, (b) reforming the jurisdiction and function of the standing committee, (c) removing President's status as ex officio member of all committees, (d) changing the dates of election of Commission officers, (e) reforming "Annals" section to conform with Charter requirements for annual reports and other changes, and (f) editing grammar, punctuation, and diction.  Discussion and action on these proposed amendments will be scheduled for the April 19, 2006 Elections Commission meeting.


9.     Old Business


        Update on the Voting Systems Forum for March 29, 2006. (Commissioner Gleason)


10.          Discussion regarding items for future agendas


11.          Public comment on any issue within the Elections Commission’s general jurisdiction.


12.          Announcements









Disability Access

The Elections Commission meeting will be held in Room 408, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA. The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, and #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142. There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.

The following services are available on request 48 hours prior to the meeting; except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline shall be 4:00 p.m. of the last business day of the preceding week: For American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda and minutes, please contact The Elections Office at (415) 554- 4375 or our TDD at (415) 554-4386 to make arrangements for the accommodation. Late requests will be honored, if possible.

In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City accommodate these individuals. Individuals with chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-6060.

Know your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Donna Hall, Clerk, City Hall, Room 409, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-7854; E-mail: [email protected] Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City's website at

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code §2.100] to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317; web site at