by Council Member Robert Jackson.
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Resolution urging the New York City Board of Elections to take various measures to ensure public input and public confidence in any election systems procured pursuant to the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).
Whereas, The federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requires the New York City Board of Elections to modernize elections; and
Whereas, One substantive aspect of election modernization entails the procurement of new voting machines to replace the outdated lever machines that are currently in use throughout the city; and
Whereas, Transparency, accountability, and public input are hallmarks of democratic government; and
Whereas, Free and fair elections are best served by members of the public participating in and observing all aspects of the conduct of elections as this protects the accuracy and instills confidence in the outcomes; and
Whereas, Notwithstanding the preceding, the New York City Board of Elections has not yet held public hearings regarding election modernization; and
Whereas, No governmental body in New York has yet held public tests of any of the new voting systems allegedly under consideration; and
Whereas, The New York City Board of Elections has not yet published a cost analysis of the acquisition, transition, and continuing costs of new voting systems; and
Whereas, Public participation and confidence in the selection process would be improved if the New York City Board of Elections undertakes the following measures prior to selection of new machines:
1. Conduct public hearings in each borough, during both day and evening hours; and