Our old lever voting machines are banned as of 9/1/07. State law is forcing NYC to buy either:
"DREs" (Direct Recording Electronic touchscreen or pushbutton computerized voting machines), or
"PBOS" (Paper Ballots, Optical Scanners, and accessible ballot-marking machines for voters with disabilities or minority languages).
Resolution 131 urges the NYC Board of Elections to buy PBOS, not DRE computerized voting.
PBOS voting systems have been used for 20 years - they are time-tested, reliable, cost less, and retain local public bipartisan control of elections.
DREs have a history of failures during elections, cost overruns as high as 1000%, loss of votes cast in minority languages, and reporting more ballots than voters. DREs require privatization of elections because DREs use secret software -- our Board of Elections would have to turn over our elections to vendors because vendors are the only ones who know how to service and program their own equipment.
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1. Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn
Please co-sponsor Resolution 131 and
use the power of the Speaker's office to pass it ASAP.
Speaker Christine Quinn, Speaker's Office, City Hall, NY, NY 10007
Office (212) 788-7210, Fax (212) 788-7207
2. Chair of the Governmental Operations Committee, Simcha Felder
Please co-sponsor Resolution 131, and
use the power of your committee to pass it ASAP!
Council Member Simcha Felder, 4424 16th Ave., Brooklyn NY 11204
Office (718) 853-2704, Fax (718) 853-3858
3. Lead Sponsor of Resolution 131 Charles Barron
Thank you for introducing Resolution 131.
Please act to get it passed ASAP!
Council Member Charles Barron, City Hall, New York NY 10007
Office (718) 649-9495, Fax (718) 649-3111
4. Your Own Council Member
Please co-sponsor Resolution 131,
and do everything in your power to get it passed ASAP!
Find your Council Member: www.lwvnyc.org/TRY_find.html
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