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NYVV Newsletter #3 ,February 16 , 2007



Assembly Members Galef and Lifton introduce NY State bill requiring a single, statewide paper ballot based voting system

Mecklenburg, NY February 16, 2007

New York Assembly members Sandy Galef and Barbara Lifton have introduced a bill to implement a state-wide voting system based on paper ballots counted on precinct based scanners. They were joined at yesterday's press conference by the League of Women Voters, New Yorkers for Verified Voting and other good government the article

New Rush Holt Bill (HR811) raises questions among voting integrity groups.

New Yorkers for Verified Voting has joined a coalition of voting integrity organizations calling attention to the shortcomings of the "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007," HR 811. The groups represent a broad cross section of the grassroots voting integrity movement working on the ground in states all over the United States. They have released a statement listing areas where the bill needs improvement, and urge that specific amendments be made to the bill before it is brought up for a vote.

“While well intentioned, HR 811 has enough holes to drive a truck full of DREs through.” said Bo Lipari, Executive Director of NYVV. “It will encourage states to throw good money after bad as they move to modify failed touch screen voting machines. Congress needs to wake up and smell the coffee – DREs can’t be ‘fixed’.”
Read the coalition statement here:
Read Bo's Blog for more comments.

Village of Altamont passes PBOS resolution

On February 6, 2007 the Board of Trustees of the Village of Altamont in Albany County passed a resolution calling for adoption of paper ballots, precinct count scanners and accessible ballot markers as the county’s voting system.

One of the Trustees who approved the resolution, Harvey Vlahos, wrote a message which eloquently describes why resolutions are important, and what citizens can do at the local level to work adopt them. It is reproduced with permission below.

"Like a growing number of Americans I was both appalled and alarmed at the erosion of one of the basic rights of our democracy, the right to vote and have it be counted. There's been a groundswell of support to not let corporate interests take over this foundation upon which everything America stands for is built...." read the full letter and the text of the resolution.

Strong Support for PBOS at NY City Hearings

New York City activists participated in two big hearings in January. At the NYC Board of Elections hearing on Jan. 23, 2007, 60 out of 65 speakers supported PBOS. Less than a week later, over 20 speakers supported PBOS and no one supported DREs at the Jan. 29 joint hearing of the City Council's Governmental Operations Committee and Technology in Government Committee on Resolution 131. More contact is needed with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is said to be blocking the PBOS resolution from coming for a vote. It has 43 of 49 current council members as sponsors, as well as sponsorship by Betsy Gotbaum, New York Public Advocate.

Events around the State

NY State Board of Elections
Commissioners Meeting
Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 12:00 P.M.
State Board Offices Albany, NY

Bo Lipari will be a guest on Voice of the Voters! on WNJC 1360AM on
Wednesday, February 21, 8-9 PM. Listen Live
Call 856-227-1360 to ask a question during the show or submit your questions via email

NYVV in the Media

Senator Nelson (D,FL) introduces Senate companion bill to HR 811. Voting integrity groups find similar flaws in both bills.
Read the article...

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