Failing To Meet Deadlines On Voting Machines
January 23rd, 2006

Today is the state deadline for public comments on the proposed guidelines for buying new voting machines in New York. The state government seems big on enforcing deadlines like this one for the public, but not so good at meeting their own deadlines. The New York State Board of Elections is already 23 days late in meeting a federal deadline — so late, in fact, that the United States Department of Justice actually sent a letter both to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the State Board of Elections threatening to sue them for non-compliance with the Help America Vote Act.

In the letter, the feds also knock the state for missing the January 1st deadline to create a statewide voter database, and for examples of the state’s “lack of progress” in meeting forthcoming deadlines.For example,New York is supposed to have at least one voting machine in each polling site that is accessible to the disabled by the first federal election this year in September.

Thanks to the state’s delays, New York City has just seven months to select and purchase a new voting machine for each of the 1,300 poll sites in the city, train over 35,000 pollworker to use it and educate 4.3 million voters that it exists.

To complicate things further,the ballot will be particularly crowded this year, not just for Congressional races, but also stateraces for governor, attorney general, and all 212 seats of the state legislature.

By on January 23, 2006, 7:55 am
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One Response to “Failing To Meet Deadlines On Voting Machines”

  1. Gotham Gazette - Albany Matters » Blog Archive » Picturing The Right Voting Machines Says:
    February 20th, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    […] Its been over a month since the Department of Justice threatened to sue New York over non-compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) – which we reported in a previous post. With the feds breathing down the neck of the State Board of Elections, they are beginning to address the two key areas to comply with HAVA: the statewide registration database and the certification and procurement of new voting machines. […]

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