New York Times - New York Regional Opinion Section


New Voting Machines for 2006 Elections

Published: Sunday, November 20, 2005


To the Editor:


"While We Weren't Looking" (editorial, Nov. 13) correctly calls for voters in New York State to become involved in the selection of new voting machines for the 2006 elections. The League of Women Voters of New York State endorses optical scan voting machines because they best meet our criteria of secure, accurate, recountable and accessible.


The best available technology at this time is precinct-based paper ballot optical scan voting equipment. With a tangible paper ballot, a recount that can be verified publicly is possible, thus ensuring confidence in our election system - the true expression of our democracy. Standards for the new voting machines must ensure that optical scan equipment will be available as the choice for New York.


Aimee Allaud


The writer is elections/government specialist, New York State League of Women Voters.


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