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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-29-09 04:46 PM
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5. Here come the NYers! (See this comment by a REAL Democrat!)
Edited on Sun Mar-29-09 04:46 PM by Bill Bored
This is so true!

E-voting is a boon for vendors and a nightmare for taxpayers. And then there's the risk to democracy that it poses! In NYS, we FORTUNATELY still have our mechanical lever machines. Add our new ballot-marking devices at our poll sites, and we're HAVA compliant. But NYS had decided, via a poorly thought-out Election Reform and Modernization Act passed in 2005, that we should dump our levers. We're blessedly behind schedule on doing that. (I'm hopeful we can dump ERMA instead.)

E-voting is too expensive (in terms of democratic principles and dollar costs). And, besides, EVERYONE loves the lever machines--commissioners (I'm one), their deputies, their staff, their custodians and techs, their pollworkers, and ESPECIALLY their voters. The levers work--they're bought and paid for--they allow for transparent vote-counting that's finished on election night. What great machines!

by Virginia Martin
Democratic Election Commissioner, Columbia County, New York
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