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Eyes Wide Open: The Real Situation in New York

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We ask other activists to recognize that New Yorkers for Verified Voting have our eyes wide open, are not naïve, and that our interest is in election integrity that might protect our democracy. WE are not your enemy. The enemy is the greed that may have caused companies to sign contracts that they could not fulfill without producing low quality equipment. New Yorkers should not have to rely upon and pay for shoddy equipment. Let’s work together to make sure that reliable equipment such as that used for almost twenty years in Oklahoma’s paper ballot scanner system is developed.

Contrary to Andi Novick’s repeated claims, the real situation in New York, is that the ship indeed has sailed, the court has ruled, the county commissioners have chosen. Let’s get on with it, insisting on better ballot markers and scanners!

Wanda Warren Berry, Ph.D.

Board of Directors, New Yorkers for Verified Voting

49 University Ave.

Hamilton NY 13346 315-824-2543



[1] See, e.g., Rady Ananda, “NY Loves Its Levers as New Systems Fail,” July 1, 2008. http://www.opednews.com/articles/NY-Loves-Its-Levers-as New-byRady-Ananda-0807-1-173.html

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and “Bo Lipari’s Deceit on Voice of the Voters,” July 2, 2008, originally on OpEdNews at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Bo-Lipari-s-Deceit-on-Voic-by-Rady-Ananda-080702-581.html,

now at http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=203&topic_id=505042 on Andi Novick, “Eyes Wide Shut: New Yorkers Struggle for the Soul of Democracy,” July 7, 2008,

http://www.opednews.com/articles/EYES-WIDE-SHUT--New-Yorker-by-andi-novick-080707-74.html .

[2] Andi Novick and Rady Ananda, “Let’s Clear the Air,”

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http://www.opednews.com/articles/LET-S-CLEAR-THE-AIR-by-Rady-Ananda-08707-380.html , 3.

[3] Andi Novick and Rady Ananda, “Let’s Clear the Air, July 7, 2008, 4.

[4] It should be easily recognizable that, even before the Court ruling, in the light of the 2005 EAC Advisory, NYVV had every reason to assume levers had to be replaced. In addition, we considered studies of problems with lever machines; some of these can be found a www.nyvv.org. We began to support the paper ballot scanner system once ballot-marking devices for those with special needs became available. Nevertheless, the posting on Democratic Underground of Ms. Ananda’s article accusing Bo Lipari of deceit has led to accusations that NYVV has arbitrarily or stupidly supported the paper ballot scanner system out of self-interest. See “Election Reform” at www.democraticunderground.com .

[5] Novick and Ananda, “Let’s Clear the Air,” 3.

[6] Andi Novick, “EYES WIDE SHUT,” July 7, 2008, 2.

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