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The Highest Court in the Land to Rule on Use of Lever Voting Machines (so far)
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New York Warned of 'Electoral Chaos' in Transition to Electronic Voting

Thursday, September 02, 2010

MANHATTAN (CN) - In a hearing before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli warned that the transition from lever-pull to electronic voting machines will cause "electoral chaos" in the primaries, and that all it will take to "fix" an election is a flash drive that anyone can buy at Staples. Ciampoli said a person with a flash drive would need "approximately 5 minutes of access" to fix an election.


Ciampoli said that lever-pull voting machines, by contrast, are "incredibly tamper-resistant" and guarded by "one-way seals."


In the Wednesday hearing, Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs appeared to agree with Nassau County's assessment of the competing voting systems. "It seems to me that these new machines are more prone to fraud on a mass scale than a lever machine," Judge Jacobs said.


After the hearing, Ciampoli said in an interview that after a New York Supreme Court judge ordered the ES&S DS-200 voting machines to be tested, the voting systems giant interfered with its completion. "The manufacturer is fighting us and trying to keep us from getting the materials the law requires the state board to hold in escrow. So we're not able to complete the test until we have that," Ciampoli said.


"The internal flash drive is protected by six screws. I believe it's 'high-tech' security because it's a Phillips-head screwdriver you need," he said.


During the hearing Wednesday, Department of Justice Attorney Dugan said the electronic machines can be verified by a "paper trail." But Ciampoli said that only 3 percent of the machines will be audited, at random.


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