The New York Times
By PATRICK D. HEALY
state has also not touched an additional $66 million that has been available
since 2003 for those purposes.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers, who failed to agree on a modernization plan last year, began work on Monday toward reconciling several conflicting ideas about the shape of the new voting system.
Several of the legislators, who plan to meet at least three more times in the next two weeks, acknowledged that many details were in dispute, including the type of new machines to be used, the technology for disabled voters, and the identification alternatives for voters who are not correctly listed on the registration rolls.
On some issues, the Democratic leaders of the Assembly want to provide specific directives to shape the voting system, while the Republican Senate majority prefers leaving some details to the voting precincts and election boards. Some of the Democrats' ideas, including going to greater lengths to aid disabled voters, might add expenses.
everyone is aware,
pressure, a coalition of
changes must be instituted by
John Ravitz, the executive director of the city's Board of Elections, said that because of Albany's delays in releasing money from the Help America Vote Act, "it would be virtually impossible to implement such a dramatic change in a proper, orderly and efficient fashion" in time for the 2006 elections.
Mike McIntire contributed reporting for this article.
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