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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 12:25 AM
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NY: Grand Total of 17 Votes Cast on 450 HAVA-mandated Voting Machines Costing $3.5 million

HAVA chuckle in Nassau

Friday November 20, 2009

By William Murphy

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Not the least but certainly not all of that derision is aimed at the rows of 450 HAVA-mandated voting machines for the disabled, which cost some $3.5 million.
A total of 17 votes were cast on those machines on Nov. 3rd, and some of the ballots were cast by able people when the mechanical voting machine in a polling place was out of commission.


Both Democrats and Republicans say privately that a better, less expensive way must be found to serve all voters. Meanwhile, they take out their frustrations on HAVA with humor.


Some supply closets are marked H.A.V.A Supply Closet. The water cooler invites a drink of HAVA WATER, and spot where the coffee maker used to sit is marked with a HAVA COFFEE sign.

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http://www.newsday.com/blogs/politics/spin-cycle-1.8120...


Thanks to WYVBC.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


Better to HAVA Lever.

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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:17 AM
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1. surprising fact about touchscreens
Edited on Tue Nov-24-09 01:22 AM by WillYourVoteBCounted
up until 2005, North Carolina had about 7,400 touchscreen voting machines, more or less.
(in 40 of 100 counties)

At that time, it was assumed that touchscreen machines were necessary for/because of disabled voters.

Not that it made any sense about the touchscreen thing, after all, as that particular technology
didn't help the disabled voter.

Anyway,it turned out that NONE of the touchscreens/direct record machines in our state
were disabled accessible.

Not one.

That was up until 2005.

You have to pay a little extra to get a DRE/touchscreen that has disabled accessible features.
Like the audio ballot, for Pete's sake.

Around that time, we activists didn't know how much the machines were costing other states
as the contracts were top super-ty dooper secret.

But nada, zero, 0 zilch, big fat nothing, not one disabled accessible voting machine in
North Carolina.

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diva77 Donating Member (999 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-25-09 01:19 PM
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2. I wonder what Tokaji would have to say about that. n/t
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-25-09 08:44 PM
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3. Yep. Or Jim Dixon.
But let's lay it on the table. Four and half years ago I was jumping up and down advocating accessible voting. I now realize most people prefer voting people from home. Those with accessibility needs, even more so.

Meanwhile, the more significant accessibility barriers are things like stairs and narrow doors.

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diva77 Donating Member (999 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-20-09 02:34 AM
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4. Meanwhile, services that are heavily used by disabled are being cut drastically
http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/local/mta_votes_for_...

MTA votes for major service cuts to fill $383M budget gap

By Tom Namako, Transit Reporter

Last Updated: 7:31 PM, December 16, 2009

Posted: 11:56 AM, December 16, 2009

The MTA voted to make deep service cuts today, including nixing 52 bus routes and wiping out two train lines, in order to balance an upcoming budget after series of state and tax revenue shortfalls.

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The drastic service cuts approved by the MTA board today to close a $383 million budget gap - including eliminating dozens of subways and buses, and cutting free student rides and paratransit service - would already include 700 union layoffs.

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"It is really unfair that one huge group is not going to be affected by the economic downturn and another large group, for example, our youth and our disabled and working people are going to pay the price," she said.

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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-20-09 04:09 AM
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5. Wow!
Awesome of you to realize and point out.

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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-21-09 08:24 PM
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6. Sumter FL: $60K per voter
FL: Sumter Elections office wants delay of Florida law
BUSHNELL -- You can say the cost adds up to about $60,000 per disabled voter in Sumter County.
...
Although the office said the county only has six voters that its deems as needing the disabled accessible machine, a law requires Florida counties to have the equipment for each of its precincts by 2012.
http://www.dailycommercial.com/localnews/story/121709ma...
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-21-09 09:51 PM
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7. NY wins! Yay! $205,882.35 per voter.

:cry:

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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-22-09 11:41 PM
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8. Well what'd ya expect? Its like buying a coke or hamburger in NY
it is gonna cost about a gazillion times more than it does somewhere else.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-23-09 12:20 AM
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9. That's why eat pizza. n/t
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