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NY DEMS want Nassau recount. New optical scanning machines "suck" says attorney!
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Democrats push for manual hand count of ballots in Nassau County. 40% of the scanners failed the mandated audit. DEMS don't know if recount will help the democratic candidate Craig Johnson
or not, but they want to set a precedent of counting all of the votes.

Senate Democrats lack cash, time

By Jimmy Vielkind Capitol Bureau
Published: 12:00 a.m., Thursday, December 2, 2010

Despite the shortfall, Democrats are pushing for a hand recount in Nassau County, where Sen. Craig Johnson trails his Republican opponent Jack Martins by some 400 votes. Weeks of legal wrangling in Erie and Niagara counties ended with the Tuesday concession of Sen. Antoine Thompson, D-Buffalo, to Mark Grisanti, handing the GOP a 31st confirmed seat in the 62-member chamber.
"Whatever the cost, we're going to raise the resources necessary to pay it off," said Austin Shafran, a spokesman for Senate Democrats. "We're going to exhaust every resource possible to ensure every vote is counted."
Steven Schlesinger, a Democratic attorney working on the Johnson count, said it's important work. He said new optical scanning machines "suck," and estimated 40 percent failed a required audit; that represents 1,200 votes in the district.
It's just as important, he said, to set a legal precedent that mandates a hand recount. This is the first year elections in New York have been conducted with the new voting machines, and it's the first time there is a verifiable trail of paper ballots.

You can do it New York!
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