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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-10 12:08 PM
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New York: Association of Towns Reports on Lever Voting System Lawsuit (K&R!)
Edited on Mon Apr-26-10 12:13 PM by Bill Bored
http://www.nytowns.org/web/2010/04/county_sues_to_retai...

County Sues to Retain Lever Voting Machines

Nassau County has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections in an attempt to block the use of optical scan voting machines. The suit alleges that the use of optical scan machines violates the State Constitution because they are less accurate than lever machines, and more susceptible to voter fraud schemes and tampering. The suit further alleges that the state's Election Reform and Modernization Act (ERMA) would make private, third party software engineers responsible for counting and recording the votes, resulting in an unconstitutional delegation of the supervision of elections to private parties.

In 2009, a resolution in support of the retention lever voting machines was approved at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Towns. A copy of that resolution, along with a copy of the Complaint in the Nassau County action, can be found here. Local officials interested in learning more about this issue may contact the Association of Towns.

The Association of Towns of the State of New York was established in 1933 to help towns obtain greater economy and efficiency. New York State's 932 towns cover the entire area of the State (outside of cities). More than 8.7 million people now live in towns, not including seasonal and second home owners. The Association was the first statewide organization to pass a resolution against electronic vote-counting and in favor of keeping lever voting machines.
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Froward69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-10 02:30 PM
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1. Keep a paper trail!!!
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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-10 04:21 PM
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2. Sorry. It would take an overhaul of NY Election Law for the paper to be used right.
This is highly unlikely given our history of paper ballot fraud and most election officials' desire to avoid hand counts.

In NY, as in most other states, paper ballots = computerized vote counting.

If you want to trust software to count your votes, dump lever voting machines, switch to paper ballots and count them with computers. That was the plan here and no one wants to admit that they got it wrong.

The only recourse left to us is the courts.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-10 10:39 PM
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3. Here's the thread, from @year ago, about the Association's resolution to keep levers.


Association of Towns of the State of New York Resolution for Retention of Lever Voting Machines

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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