Kosinski, Co-Executive Director
Zalen, Co-Executive Director
Evelyn J. Aquila
Helena Moses Donohue
Neil W. Kelleher, Co-Chair
Douglas A. Kellner, Co-Chair
State Board of Elections
Directors, Co-Chairs, and Commissioners,
for applying strict standards to electronic voting equipment seeking
certification in New York.
I urge you
to continue your diligence and to apply the most stringent standards as
carefully as possible. New York was wise to require voting machines to meet the
2005 federal guidelines, and we should apply these standards rigorously.
New York may
be the first state to actually examine computerized voting equipment carefully.
We should set the highest standards and provide leadership to our whole country
by doing this. Hundreds of election irregularities
have been caused by computerized equipment that fails during elections and is
not manageable and easy to use by election staff, poll workers, or voters.
It won't do
our state any good to certify equipment that does not work. We should not let
our counties buy and use machines that are easily corrupted by innocent and
Please do not
cut corners on our democracy!