No New Machines
October 28th, 2009


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Some have shown frustration at the city’s delay in getting newer, electronic voting machines.

Others don’t want to get rid of the old-fashioned lever machines at all.

On the steps of City Hall this afternoon, council members Helen Foster, Robert Jackson, Simcha Felder and David Weprin urged the city to keep the lever machines instead of the electronic ones.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Jackson.

In a nutshell, Foster argued the older machines are about “safety, integrity and the importance of keeping it simple.”

Foster has sponsored a resolution, which urges the state legislature and the state’s congressional delegation to “take all appropriate actions that may be necessary to enable New York counties to continue using lever voting machines supplemented by accessible voting technology for people with disabilities.

The state is in the process of moving into an electronic voting system, as required by the federal Help America Vote Act. Foster’s resolution argues the act does not ban non-electronic machines, and the older machines can be used with the newer ones meant to help those with disabilities.

By on October 28, 2009, 1:24 pm
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2 Responses to “No New Machines”

  1. Teresa Hommel Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Please stop misrepresenting that federal law (the Help America Vote Act, called HAVA) requires replacement of lever voting machines. Please read the relevant portions of HAVA and inform yourselves.

    It is true that our state law requires replacement of lever voting machines. This might have seemed like a good idea in 2005 before the economy crashed and before we had a lot of experience with privatized elections and the thousands of failures of electronic voting and vote-counting systems nationwide.

    Now that our state faces a multi-billion dollar deficit and we are still cutting jobs and essential services, please ask yourself what services you would like to cut in order to get new voting technology — fireshouses? teachers? lunches for seniors? libraries? parks? affordable housing? hospitals? New York state faces budget deficits that will force us to make hard choices. New voting technology is not high on my list, especially since we cannot afford to use it securely at this time, and for the foreseeable future.

    Teresa Hommel

  2. Chantell Kohler Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 11:43 pm

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