Testimony against the promotion of
Dean Logan to Acting Registrar of Voters
in Los Angeles County

Dec.11, 2007.

On Dec 11, 2007, Judy Alter of Protect California Ballots, along with 8 other election protection activists, testified before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors regarding the assignment of Dean Logan as the Acting Registrar of Voters. Judy had previously testified to the Board of Sup in the Summer of 2007 on the same issue, also trying to prevent the appointment of Dean Logan. Despite this testimony (video), Logan was appointed by unanimous vote with an annual salary of $175,826 (ref. look under County Operations.)

  1. Promoted over more worthy candidates: Current audit of the L A Elections Division by the LA County Auditor. (LA Times & LA Daily News 12-4-07). The problems reported include the promotion of less qualified candidates to higher positions and this kind of action leads to low morale. Logan participated, until recently, in not conducting background checks on job applicants and new hires. Audit found ex-felons convicted of robbery and other such crimes were hired. Logan moved them to less sensitive positions and is now conducting background checks. Other problems found during the time he has been second in command in LA County were similar to problems reported in King County WA under his direction

  2. Questionable background: Before becoming Registrar-Recorder in King County WA in 2003, Logan served directly under Washington State Secretary of State Reed who knowingly broke WA law when he allowed the use of uncertified Diebold software in several elections. This was at the same time that CA Secretary of State Kevin Shelley decertified the Diebold Company for using uncertified software.

  3. Indequate education: Logan does not have a college degree, has only had two summer programs worth of training to be a registrar of voters and before coming to LA County had only 3 years of experience as a registrar / county clerk.  He does not appear to be qualified for the job of Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder.

  4. Used illegal software: In the 2004 primary and presidential elections Logan used uncertified software to count absentee ballots and stopped the use of proper and long used record-keeping practices for the absentee ballots and envelopes, thus, the officials did not count all the ballots and did not reconcile the total ballots received with the ones counted and rejected. These actions contributed to the big mess in King County

  5. Fired whistleblower: Logan fired Nicole Way, the long time absentee ballot supervisor for repeatedly telling him that the numbers coming from the new counting software were not right. He forced her to sign the reports about the absentee ballots against her will and then used her as a scapegoat for the problems of the handling of these ballots discovered in two reviews. She won a mediation hearing and was reinstated.

  6. Lies about his own errors: Bev Harris questioned Logan on TV about the 3 hours of deleted audit log of the main tabulator from election night in 2004. He denied that the data was deleted but claimed that no activity occurred during that time. Harris responded that she had 5 update-reports from about every half hour, signed by him in ink, during the time when the audit log had no data and he said there was no activity.

  7. Lies about equiprment: On TV Logan claimed that no modems were connected to tabulator on election night, yet Bev Harris saw 24 hookups to a location where modem data was received. Harris also showed the trouble and transmission reports from poll workers who had trouble sending their data via modem.

  8. Refuses public record requests: Currently a voter from Washingtion state and blogger on soundpolitics.com, Stephan Sharkansky, is suing Logan for not responding to public records requests

  9. Lies about his own failures: Logan lied to the public about how smoothly the 2004 election process was, even though uncounted absentee ballots were discovered, provisional ballots were not processed correctly and other problems arose as stated above. In two separate reviews of the 2004 election and Logan’s performance as Registrar, employees described the department existing a constant state of crisis, that Logan had poor managerial skills, that morale was low because he hired inappropriate and unqualified staff.

Sources to support the statements made in the above testimony:

Article format
Audit Logs Missing web
Black Box Voting article pdf
3-hours missing from election audit log web
Did the voting machines trump exit polls? web
Beverly Harris on King County web
Nicole Way Fax pdf
Nicole Way prevails in arbitration web
Dean Logan says alls ok when it's not video
Gubernatorial recount puts official on hot seat news
New look at 573 ballots may close Gregoire gap news
Logan gets high marks from some, but others say he's failed news
GOP chief accuses Logan of misleading public news