January 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm by Irene Jay Liu
It appears that the reason for the hold-up at the BOE meeting is because the Republicans want a Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) made by Liberty to be approved.
Democratic appointee Douglas A. Kellner is being pressured to approve the system, but he said “I will not vote for a DRE.”
Voting integrity advocates, including the NY League of Women Voters, have raised deep concerns over the the DRE technology. California State purchased DRE voting machinese with its federal dollars, but discontinued their use after problems surfaced.
Todd Valentine, the newly appointed co-executive director (Republican appointee) offered a deal to Kellner. In short, the Republicans will make quorum for the vote, if Kellner agrees to accept Liberty, according to Kellner.
Kellner declined the offer. He is currently up in his hotel room, waiting until the Republicans are ready to meet.
The Republican board members and staff are currently caucusing in a room adjacent to the main meeting space.