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bernesebernese Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-28-08 03:34 PM
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17. We owe Bo Lipari, NYVV and activists across the state a big debt of gratitude
Everyone needs to deal with their own situation in their own context. Opscans are not more vulnerable than DREs, if that is your point.

NY law mandates the use of DREs or optical scanners. It was a 3-year battle just to get optical scanners into our law, because as written originally it required DREs. Now our county commissioners must choose new equipment from a list provided by our State Board.

NYVV has worked for 5 years to prevent DREs from being mandated by our state legislature and selected our individual counties, and we appear to be on the road to optical scanners but we will not convert to paper ballots until 2009, after the November 2008 election. There is plenty time for DRE forces to make a comeback.

Suddenly there is an outcry including anonymous personal insults on Democratic Underground targeted against Bo Lipari, our state leader, criticizing New Yorkers for Verified Voting and the future use of voter-marked paper ballots and scanners in New York.

I do not see personal attacks on Judge Sharpe, or Mr. Heffernan the attorney for the US Dept of Justice, both of whom raked NY over the coals in their effort to force us to replace our lever machines with electronic equipment. Andi Novick's brief put the idea of handcounted paper ballots before the court, and the judge ignored it except that he did sneer at the amicus briefs.

I do not see personal attacks criticizing federal legislators who passed HAVA in 2002, and who refuse to rescind or amend it, or the many federal legislators who have submitted legislation that would make it worse.

I do not see personal attacks on the public officials across this country who defend the use of paperless DREs, or Doug Lewis of The Election Center who opposes audits.

I do not see insults for the reporters who consistently misrepresents HAVA requirements, or individuals like Jim Dickson who have also misrepresented not only the law but the functionality of the equipment being sold to comply with HAVA.

I do not see insults for state legislators, governors, and election officials in states with DREs and no voter-marked paper ballots at all.

If optical scanners are the devil, would people please attend to your own devils.

If anyone succeeds in converting their own state to handcounted paper ballots, they can come to New York and tell us how they did it.

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