There are options to electronic voting
First published: Sunday, March 20, 2005
In her March 17 article, "Agreement near on voting changes," Elizabeth Benjamin says agreement has not yet been reached on "what kind of new electronic voting machines the state will buy."
It's important to clarify that the state does not have to choose electronic voting machines. In fact, another option is paper ballots marked by hand (or ballot marking device for disabled voters and voters whose first language is not English) and counted by optical scanner.
The League of Women Voters of New York State, the statewide Sierra Club, New Yorkers for Verified Voting and many other organizations have endorsed a paper ballot/optical scan system. It is much less vulnerable to software error and fraud than touch-screen voting machines and is less expensive.
Readers can learn more at http://www.nyvv.org or can contact Bo Lipari of New Yorkers for Verified Voting at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 387-9308.
LINDA A. DeSTEFANO
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