On the Road: Montgomery

I visited the State House last week to check the status for SB46. SB46 is Senator Clyde Chambliss’ bill which, if enacted, will prohibit remote connectivity to our voting machines. If you are concerned about election integrity, you may wish to contact you House and Senate members and encourage them to support the amended version of this bill.

Further Statement on Securing Alabama’s Electronic Voting Machines

I issued a press release today continuing to urge the Alabama Legislature to further provide for securing our electronic voting machines.

In the press release, I encourage the Alabama House of Representatives to pass SB46. That bill was approved in a House committee yesterday and now moves to a floor vote in the House.

Click below to read the press release.

On the Road: Madison

I enjoyed meeting members of the Republican Women of Madison today.

Photo Courtesy of Debra Jones, Candidate for Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court

I was especially glad I could share with them that Senate Bill 46 cleared a committee in the State House of Representatives today and now heads to a floor vote.

The bill, by my State Senator, Clyde Chambliss, prohibits remote connectivity to our voting machines through the use of the internet, telephony, Bluetooth, near field communications (NFC), and similar technologies.

Once the bill is approved by the State House, it will go back to the State Senate for approval of adding the language about Bluetooth, NFC, and similar technologies.

If you are concerned about hacking of our voting machines through the use of the internet and other similar technologies, I encourage you to contact you State Representative and State Senator.

Statement on Securing Electronic Voting Machines

I distributed a press release today calling for the Alabama Legislature to further provide for securing our electronic voting machines. If you’d like to read the press release, click below.

A Lifetime of Public Service

My public service began at a young age when my father, James R. Packard, was in the United States Air Force.

Master Sergeant James R. Packard, United States Air Force

We were living in Bellevue, Nebraska (a suburb of Omaha), when he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base (Strategic Air Command headquarters).

Lieutenant in the Safety Patrol, Fort Crook School, Bellevue, Nebraska (1979-1980 school year)

I attended Fort Crook School for sixth grade. My home room teacher, Mrs. Gwen Carson, invited me to join the school’s Safety Patrol. I joined and was assigned the rank of Lieutenant.

At the end of the school year, several of us were awarded a gold Safety Patrol badge for our service to our fellow students.

Safety Patrol Award Ceremony, Fort Crook School, Bellevue, Nebraska (1979-1980 school year)

In 2005, the Auburn University chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha – the honor society for public affairs and public administration – awarded me “The Charles J. Spindler Outstanding Achievement Award” for my work in election administration in Alabama.

The Charles J. Spindler Outstanding Achievement Award

The award is given in honor of a professor in the political science department at Auburn, Dr. Charles Spindler. Dr. Spindler was also on staff at Auburn’s Center for Governmental Services.

Dr. Charles J. Spindler

Dr. Spindler was one of my professors while I worked on a Master of Public Administration at Auburn. He was also a colleague when I, too, worked at the Center for Governmental Services.

Dr. Spindler was found accidentally drowned in a swimming pool at Auburn in 2000.

In September of 2012, State Representative Howard Sanderford (Madison County) issued a certificate commending me for my work with the members of the various county Boards of Registrars.

Certificate of Commendation State Representative Howard Sanderford

Then, the next month, the members of the Association of Alabama Boards of Registrars expressed their appreciation for my service to them.

Appreciation from Alabama’s Boards of Registrars