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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-09 01:40 AM
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NY: New voting machines still not ready for voters


Genesee lawmakers told more delays appear likely
By Paul Mrozek


Thursday, February 5, 2009 3:05 PM EST

The Genesee County Board of Elections was supposed to start using its new electronic voting machines during the September 2009 primary season but there is a good chance that wont happen, the Ways & Means Committee was told Wednesday.

Election commissioners Richard Siebert and Dawn Cassidy said there have been problems with SysTest, the company that has the state contract to certify all the new equipment. SysTest lost its federal accreditation to perform the work and is trying to get it back, Siebert said.

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The state Board of Elections has told the county it should be prepared to use both its old equipment and new machines in September and in Novembers general election.

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Sequoia wants to charge the county more than $80,000 for computer software, licenses, fees and training of election workers.

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The company also billed the county $3,500 to have a technician on hand for 2008s primary and general election and for the cost of a dedicated phone line to troubleshoot any problems that came up on those dates.

Were not paying the bill, Siebert said.

The Sequoia technician who worked on Primary Day had a cup of coffee with the Board of Elections staff but did no work, Siebert said. No technician showed up for Novembers general election and the county never used the hot line, he said.

Theres a lack of trust here. Money does not count to these people at all, he said.

You couldnt make this stuff up if you wanted to, Legislator Jerome Grasso, R-Le Roy, said.

Lawmaker Charles Zambito, R-Elba, chairman of Ways & Means, said taxpayers owe some gratitude to the election commissioners.

You are doing a great job in trying to keep this together, Zambito said.

Were trying to keep us out of court, Siebert said.

http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/articles/2009/02/05/n...
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-09 08:59 AM
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Were trying to keep us out of court, Siebert said.

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