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September 14, 2006
DH 06 RH69
Contact: Russ Hudson,
Media Relations Coordinator
Congresswoman to Make Sure Voters Know their Rights
Millender-McDonald hosts an open Town Hall meeting at Cal State Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA-Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA, 37th) will host a comprehensive discussion on the federal
elections at California State University, Dominguez Hills from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 18. The
purpose is to ensure that the area’s citizens know the safeguards that protect their ballots on election day,
and to ensure that they know their rights.
Procedures, requirements, and regulations for the November mid-term elections will be addressed during the
free Town Hall-style meeting in the University Theatre on the Dominguez Hills campus.
“This event is the first of more to come on this critical issue," says the Congresswoman, the ranking member
on the Committee on House Administration. "I will continue to work to ensure that every eligible ballot cast
is counted and that citizens know their rights. I've met with Mayors, election officers, and major national
organizations from across the country to exchange ideas and strategies about what must be done to curtail voter
fraud, manipulation, or intimidation."
Earlier this year, Millender-McDonald sent a letter to several of the nation’s governors reminding them that
the implementation of provisional ballot voting, and the new requirements for first-time voters, were to be
in place by January 2004. In addition, improved access for disabled voters, updating of the statewide voter
registration lists, and elimination of antiquated voting machines, became effective in January 2006.
“My concern is that the HAVA (Help America Vote Act of 2002) provisions have not been adhered to and that several
states remain out of compliance,” Millender-McDonald says. “As the ranking member of the committee that has oversight
of federal elections, I feel that governors and state legislators must do everything necessary to become compliant
with this legislation.”
Conny McCormack, Los Angeles County registrar-recorder and county clerk, and other local officials will discuss
Los Angeles County’s recent initiatives, including the implementation of security, reliability, and accessibility
standards for electronic voting machines; voter registration outreach efforts; and poll worker recruitment. Sample
forms and voting equipment will be available for demonstration purposes and audience participation.
Millender-McDonald will also speak from 1 to 2 p.m. the same day as part of the University’s Constitution Day
celebration. Her address is titled “Separation of Powers.” The Congresswoman’s Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. will
be the finale of the Constitution Day activities at Dominguez Hills, which start at 10 a.m.
University Theatre is located east of Toro Center Drive, across from parking lots 3 and 6. Lots 3 and 6 are
accessible from the Tamcliff Avenue-Toro Center Drive entrance from East Victoria Street, off Avalon Boulevard
between the 91 and 405 freeways. The University is at 1000 East Victoria.
For more information, contact Millender-McDonald's office at (310) 538-1190.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University Communications & Public Affairs
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