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NYC Residents: Contact your city council member to co-sponsor Res. 228

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This outstanding resolution was introduced yesterday in the NY City Council
by Council Member Robert Jackson.

Please immediately contact your city council member and ask them to sign up to co-sponsor resolution 228.
Find your Council Member: www.lwvnyc.org/TRY_find.html

Teresa Hommel

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).

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By Council Member Jackson

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Whereas, One substantive aspect of election modernization entails the procurement of new voting machines to replace the outdated lever machines that are currently in use throughout the city; and

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Whereas, The rationale behind Congress ' adoption of HAVA was to prevent the debacle that occurred in Florida during the 2000 presidential election, which for many Americans left the accuracy and integrity of the vote in question; 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

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Whereas, Citizens continue to advocate for transparency in the process of selecting and testing new voting equipment; 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

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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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