1. Why keep our lever voting machines? Why not switch to paper ballots, and use scanners to count the votes?
· • 97% unverified computerized vote-counting by scanners.
Our law allows paper ballots to be out of observers’ view for up to 15 days between the end of election day and the 3% “audit,” creating temptation and opportunity for tampering as well as public suspicion of tampering.
4. Why keep trying? That train has left the station. That ship has sailed.
In fact, the lever machines are alive and well in their warehouses. The only train or ship that has gone is the political will to avoid making an expensive mistake.
No optical scanners have passed their certification tests despite years of testing. No contracts have been signed except those required for the “pilot” in September and November, 2009.
5. It’s 2009. Computers are modern. Our whole society uses computers.
6. Voters with disabilities don’t want “separate but equal” treatment. They want to use the same machines as everyone else.
“Separate but equal” for Blacks was a sham—it was never equal, and always inferior. But voters using New York’s new accessible Ballot Marking Devices have the “gold standard” of voting – voter-marked paper ballots with vote-counting immediately upon close of polls with all ballots under continuous observation.
At this time no vendor is offering a machine that gives us the same process for all voters, with and without disabilities, and also preserves the integrity of the vote.
The objective of election integrity advocates is for all voters to cast a private and independent “secret ballot” with votes that get counted as the voter intended.
8. We need a paper record of each ballot, which lever machines don’t have.
Paper records are needed for software-independent verification of software-created results. Scanners use invisible software to credit votes to the intended candidate and add up the votes in invisible software counters. Scanners need software-independent verification that observers can witness—that means hand-counting the same votes that the scanner counted to prove the scanners were programmed correctly.
Lever machines don’t have software at all, and don’t need software-independent verification. Lever machines use mechanical components—metal rods and gears and counters. Lever machines need visual inspection and mechanical tests.
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