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Voting Machines - what will New York City get?

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Voting Machines - what
will New York City get?

July 2005 --
New York passes new election law
Bans lever voting machines as of September 2007
Requires each county and the City of New York to choose new machines

Jan. 2006 --
State Board of Elections may "certify" two types of equipment--

PBOS -- consists of Paper Ballots to be marked by hand (or by ballot-marking devices for voters with disabilities or minority languages), and Optical Scanner machines in each polling place to check each ballot for correctness before it is cast and to print a tally at the end of the election day.

DREs -- consist of "Direct Recording Electronic" voting machines (computers) with a touchscreen or pushbuttons, and a tiny printer to print a receipt-like list of each voter's choices for the voter to verify before pressing "Cast My Ballot." The printout stays in a secure storage box in the machine.

Individuals and organizations --
Please contact our Election Commissioners and County Leaders with a simple message -- Choose PBOS!

----Optical Scanners are reliable, time-tested, and inexpensive. Low-tech is more manageable for election staff, poll workers, and voters!

----DREs have failed in many elections and cost three times as much. High-tech is not ready for "prime time." Let's learn from other states' experience!

----I want Paper Ballots and Optical Scanners, with accessible ballot-marking devices for voters with special needs. I don't want electronic voting!"


Election Commissioners & Executive Director, NYC Board of Elections
(2 commissioners per borough, 1 Democrat & 1 Republican. Send all mail to the Executive Office. Send a separate letter to each person.)

Address for all Commissioners and the Executive Director

Board of Elections in the City of New York
Executive Office
32 Broadway
New York NY 10004

Commissioner Joseph J. Savino (R, Bronx, same person as County Leader)
Commissioner Nero Graham, Jr. (D, Bronx)
Commissioner Frederic M. Umane (R, Manh)
Commissioner Gregory C. Soumas (D, Manh)
Commissioner Nancy Mottola Schacher (R, Bklyn)
Commissioner Jeannette Gadson (D, Bklyn)
Commissioner Anthony Como (R, Queens)
Commissioner Terrence C. O'Connor (D, Queens)
Commissioner Mary Ann Yennella (R, SI)
Commissioner James Joseph Sampel (D, SI)
John Ravitz, Executive Director

2 County Leaders per borough, 1 Democrat & 1 Republican

Jose Rivera
Chair, Bronx Democratic Party
135 Westchester Square
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: 718-931-5200 Fax: 718-792-3882

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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