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Andi Novick practices law in New York, was a media reform advocate with a passion for election reform advocacy. Along with a few other Hudson Valley activists she founded Northeast Citizens for Responsible Media in 2005, which then morphed into the Election Transparency Coalition(ETC). ETC is dedicated to educating and organizing the citizens and governments of New York State and beyond to retain and restore citizen oversight and public control of our elections -- our fundamental democratic right -- which has been undermined by the use of electronic vote-counting systems that tally our ballots in secret, subject to easy and undetectable manipulation. She can be reached at
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 21, 2009
Rough week for NY's constitution: Help ETC turn it around! We have worked so hard on this critically important case that we were unwilling to proceed with attorneys who had failed us so miserably.We're searching for a new law firm and have some promising leads, but it's too soon to know if any of them will pan out.If you are an attorney who might help us,or have leads for us,please contact us immediately.We remain determined to do everything in our power to challenge the constitutiona
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Must watch Video: State Makes Best Case for NY's Existing Voting System! I write to bring you up to date on the activities of the Election Transparency Coalition (ETC) to keep our safe transparent lever voting machines in New York State. If you have time for nothing else, please watch and circulate this short video, “It's Time to Take a Stand for our Democracy” at:
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 18, 2009
New York's New Voting System Renders Voting a Useless Formality: Nullifying the Consent of the Governed If every critical step of the election is not subject to contemporaneous public scrutiny than voting is a "useless formality." If any step is exclusively controlled by the government, then the "recorded will of the people may thwarted by the errors or frauds" of those with unobserved access. So says NY's highest court: which means NY's new law was declared unconstitutional 111 years ago.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 8, 2009
DEFENDERS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE GO HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS COMMISSIONER JULY 9 The Threat to Voting in New York and What to do About it: Why lever machines are safe to vote on (and affordable) and optical scanners are neither
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 1, 2009
Make New York the first state to JUST SAY NO to computerized-- --i.e., secret--vote counts! Below is a short list of what we've been doing and below that, what we need from you, and finally a few examples of the coverage we've been getting changing the message and developing support along the way. We are so close you can taste it- no computerized secret vote counting for NY. Help us keep this snow ball growing.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Save our Levers- Immediate Action Requested Keep those resolutions in support of the levers coming! Yesterday Schuyler County became the 4th county to pass a unanimous resolution to save our levers.That's 4 counties plus the Association of Towns resolution! Thanks to those of you who wrote or called Schuyler County- see what a little effort can produce? If we keep spreading the word we'll get there.Here are a few simple things you can do to help! Not just for NYers!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 2, 2009
NYC meeting on March 4th! Save the Levers! Since the passage of HAVA,Teresa Hommel has been a tireless leader in the fight for voter-marked paper ballots in New York as an alternative to direct recording electronic(DRE -- usually touch screen) voting machines that lack a reliable voter-verified paper trail.But now she has concluded that the state should keep its current manually operated voting system. Because it's too expensive to make the switch & do it right.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Save NY's lever machines! Please take action to save the last transparent, theft-deterring state-wide voting system in the country. If we can pressure NYS's government to resist the federal government's plan to spend billions of taxpayers dollars for inaccurate, inaccessible, unauditable, unreliable voting equipment that counts our votes in secret, we can be a beacon to the nation.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 1, 2009
What are you willing to do to save the last transparent voting system in the US? Stand up&say NO to replacing our reliable transparent lever voting system with a concealed software-based system that denies our constitutional right to a secure vote &will cost us millions over and above the money the federal government has allotted.In this economic crisis,when the State's finances are frozen,the counties"" which means the citizens-should not be told to pay millions for something we don't want & don't need.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 30, 2009
The Last Transparent Democratic Electoral System in the United States of America Cannot Be Allowed to Perish How can NY's law say "it is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that the public business be performed in an open and public manner and that the citizens ... observe the performance of public officials" & then blindfold those very public election officials so no one can observe software's invisible vote count. Before it's gone, read what NY has had for 232 years & decide what your democracy is worth to you.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 5, 2008
My fabulous voting experience in New York: We owe it to the Nation to not let this be our last. I have never been more elated to vote than I was yesterday.Since the theft of the 2004 elections I have devoted my waking&sleeping hours to fighting the evil that has been let loose at the hands of computerized vote counting systems.Evil may seem a strong word in our polite society,but I use it as a legal term.NY's case law is replete with safeguards designed to protect the integrity of our elections by guarding vs the evil
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 15, 2008
There's No Place Like Home: Plan L for NY Elections The State Board of Elections struggles to do the impossible when the possible and best solution for transparent, safe, reliable elections is right at home: Plan "L" - our Lever Voting System
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 7, 2008
Overview: Why New York's Legislature's Plan to Computerize Our Electoral System Is Unconstitutional The success of New York's electoral system has depended on the ability to see how our votes are counted. We cannot see how optical scanners or DREs count our votes. We cannot see malicious coding that steals our vote and erases itself. Software-driven voting machines expose the results to known and new risks of unprotectable fraud. Petition the Court to declare computerized voting in NY unconstitutional.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 28, 2008
The Fight to Hold on to Our HAVA-Compliant Lever Voting System: Keeping the Air and the Facts Clear New York's lever voting system is safe, secure, transparent and now that NY is installing ballot marking devices throughout the state, is also HAVA-compliant. Nonetheless NY's Legislature is poised to replace our levers with a theft-inviting, concealed computerized vote counting system, unless we stop them in Court, now. SIGN THIS PETITION
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 17, 2008
Lever Lawsuit Gears Up; "Stealing America" Premiers Aug. 1st NY gears up for the battle of mechanical levers vs. software driven voting systems. Sequoia's software suffers a statewide failure of 50%; and an 85% failure rate in Nassau County. But NY proceeds with Eyes Wide Shut. Why reject software? See "Stealing America, Vote by Vote," premiering in NYC on August 1st.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 7, 2008
EYES WIDE SHUT: New Yorkers Struggle for the Soul of Democracy "The infuriating frustration dealing with a "voting industry [that] sells crap", as NYS BOE Commissioner Kellner aptly described the problem, has finally come to NYS. What rational thinking New Yorker would want to trade our reliable, well-made theft-deterring lever voting machines for unreliable, theft-inviting, crappy software-driven machines?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 6, 2008
New Blog Website to Keep NYers Informed on How to Prevent Stolen Elections When software counts your vote- how do you know your vote was counted?It really is that basic.People,if you ask them this question,will tell you that they assume the software is tested or someone is making sure that the machines are doing what we're being told they're supposed to be doing- which is to count our votes accurately.We know that's not true. The evidence is all there,but is being ignored.It reminds me of smoking...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 31, 2008
Why We Must Speak Out New York is the only state not to purchase computerized voting systems. Despite the scientific evidence condemning software driven systems in the electoral process, NY's legislature is moving forward to buy them. These are my reasons for filing suit, and for urging all citizens to write our legislators and Governor. A recent 3-month hack into Hannaford Supermarket exposed 4.2 million credit cards to fraud.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 15, 2008
Open letter to NY citizens, election workers and election commissioners I will pursue litigation to challenge the state legislation and hope that our judicial system will rise to the occasion.Courts never like to find statutes unconstitutional,but this is our system of checks and balances and when a legislature behaves as carelessly as to permit the removal of our safeguarded electoral system, only to force its replacement with a highly vulnerable system,then it is to the courts we must turn.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Spitzer's Sting, Stolen Elections and the DOJ Scott Horton has been connecting the dots, covering Siegelman and now Spitzer and the fired US Attorneys. Eliminating your political opposition is bad enough. But seizing ultimate lock down control by taking over the process by which we are supposed to elect that opposition raises the stakes to a new level. "First they came..."

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