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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-28-09 07:54 PM
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(New York) City Resists (New York) State on Voting-Machine Program
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Edited on Thu May-28-09 08:00 PM by Bill Bored
That's right; we are NOT with the program! So K&R for the NY Dems who are finally growing spines! :kick: /

City Resists State on Voting-Machine Program
By Jennifer 8. Lee

A long-delayed effort by New York State to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted after the 2000 election debacle, is encountering resistance in New York City, where officials insist on keeping the mechanical-lever voting machines that have been a mainstay of local elections since 1962.


The citys Board of Elections says the voting system it used last year in which the traditional lever voting machines were supplemented by the use of ballot-marking devices accessible to disabled voters met the goals of the federal law. Indeed, the city board takes the view that participation in the pilot program is in fact not allowed.

Participation in the pilot program proposed by the State Board of Elections is not authorized by state law, said Gregory C. Soumas, the Democratic elections board commissioner for Manhattan. Any expenditures for voting systems incurred pursuant to the state boards pilot program are not authorized by law.


Mr. Kellner, of the state board, called the resistance unrealistic. There are some citizen advocates who want to keep the lever machines forever, he said. That is just not an option that is available to the state or the counties at this time.

Mr. Soumas, of the city board, noted that 2009 is not a federal election year, and he maintained that the Help America Vote Act does not apply to local elections. He extolled the virtues of the mechanical-lever machines. The mechanical-lever machines are universally agreed as accurate, he said. While it may take longer to certify the result, accuracy is our goal and we should not be in a hurry to be wrong.
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