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(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Blind Justice
It seemed inconceivable that a NY Court would overrule the Board of Elections and allow DREs to be purchased. But on 2/4/8, that's what happened, frustrating advocates who thought we'd finally prevailed over the DRE threat. The ruling sets another precedent that the right of voting machine vendors to turn a profit supersedes that of voters to demand that the equipment we spend our tax dollars on be up to the job.
SHARE Saturday, February 2, 2008 DREs Take It To Court
This shows what LibertyVote and their Dutch backer Nedap think of New York State voters and our laws. For LibertyVote and Nedap, this is about their right to sell whatever they want, no matter how unsuitable it is. For LibertyVote and Nedap, this is not about the needs of voters with disabilities or the citizens of New York State, this is simply about cold, hard cash...
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 28, 2008 They're Baaaack...
I told you we couldn't get complacent. The DRE vendors are like zombies - every time you think they're dead, they rise right up and come back at you. True to form, just after we thought we'd killed DREs for good in New York State, they're back.
DRE vendor Liberty has asked for a temporary restraining order in Albany Supreme Court, asking to be included on the list of voting machines approved in NY.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 25, 2008 Paper Ballots for NY!
After five years of hard work on the part of voting integrity advocates, New York State has rejected DREs and approved only ballot markers for use in 2008 polling places. This momentous decision by virtually guarantees that New York State will vote on paper ballots and ballot scanners in 2009.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 24, 2008 Breakdown at the Board
As I sit here, I'm embarrassed. Today I witnessed an appalling display of how willing are some in the State Board of Elections to represent the interests of DRE vendors, even when this directly conflicts with the interests of voters and the requirements of state law.
SHARE Sunday, January 20, 2008 Breakthrough at the Board?
Sources at the State Board of Elections say that the Board's inability to agree on Ballot Marking Devices could result in only one system being authorized at the Board's crucial meeting on Wednesday, 1/23/08 a combination ballot marker and scanner which would virtually guarantee that NY votes on paper ballots when lever machines are retired in 2009...
SHARE Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Urgent Action Alert:The Decision On Voting Machines For NY State Is Imminent!
Concerned New Yorkers can help by notifying the county commissioners of the importance of choosing a paper ballot based system,and putting the media spotlight on the issue.It is urgent that you contact your local election commissioners in writing before the end of the month,and include newspapers and county legislators in that correspondence. Please act now!The decision will be made in the next few weeks!
SHARE Monday, December 17, 2007 NYVV files Amicus Brief in DOJ vs. NYS Lawsuit
New Yorkers for Verified Voting, the League of Women Voters of New York, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and Citizen Action of New York have filed an amicus brief in the United States vs. New York State HAVA lawsuit.
SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2007 The DOJ and New York State Part 2
Bo Lipari, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Verified Voting discusses the Department of Justice motion requiring New York State to replace lever machines in the second of a series of articles.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 10, 2007 The DOJ and New York State Part 1
Bo Lipari, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Verified Voting discusses the Department of Justice motion requiring New York State to replace lever machines in the first of a series of articles.
SHARE Monday, September 17, 2007 URGENT ACTION NEEDED IN NY
Within the next week,the State Board will finalize documents that would allow DREs to be used in every polling place in NY State in '08 without undergoing full and rigorous testing. If this happens,it will condemn New York State voters to years of the same problems,high costs,and security risks that other states using DREs have experienced.The State BOE is opening the door to making NY a DRE state- we can't let happen.Act now!
SHARE Friday, June 29, 2007 Voting Machine Vendors We Can't and We Won't
Bo Lipari, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Verified Voting, responds to voting machine vendors pressing New York State to weaken source code review laws.
Bo tells the vendors - "If you won't comply with NY's laws, take your business elsewhere."
SHARE Friday, June 22, 2007 New Yorkers win Round One in fight for source code protections
Neither the Microsoft amendment nor any other proposals being pushed by voting machine vendor lobbyists made it into any of the thousands of bills passed in this last crazy week of the session. The citizens of New York State stood up to these powerful private interests and won. A rapid response of citizens to this threat to our essential protections resulted in over 3000 calls to legislators in just over two days.
SHARE Saturday, June 16, 2007 Action Alert! Will you allow Microsoft to Dictate Terms to the NY State Legislature?
It's urgent that you call your State Senator and Assembly representatives on Monday,June 18,at their Albany offices,and tell them they must not weaken New York State's escrow and review requirements.Remind them that the Legislature passed a strong law 2 years ago-they must not give in to pressure by voting machine vendors to undermine those protections.We've found out about this secretive move only four days before the vote
SHARE Monday, May 14, 2007 Citizen Poll Watching Effort Banned by Troy City School Board
One day prior to the Troy City School District elections,the Board of Education halted an effort by citizens groups to observe the polls during Tuesday's controversial School District Election. The election will use uncertified electronic voting machines and be overseen by the LibertyVote DRE vendor.