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Brian M. Rosenthal, Dana Rubinstein, Andy Newman, Anne Barnard and Ed Shanahan | June 30, 2021
This week the New York Times quoted our Executive Director about the latest blunder of the New York City Board of Elections.
"It's just one fiasco after another, year after year," said Lulu Friesdat, executive director of Smart Elections, an elections reform group. "The fact that we haven't made the effort to change that is shocking. It's appalling."
YOUR VOTE IS UNDER ATTACK
New York elections are at a dangerous crossroads. New types of voting machines, called “hybrid” or “universal-use”, are attempting to flood the state.
Both of these designs often use a computerized ATM-style voting machine that does not allow you to use a hand-marked paper ballot. Both types of voting machines are in the process of being approved by the New York State Board of Elections.
These voting machines have other worrisome features, such as counting votes with barcodes. Experts say that using barcodes to count votes makes it “impossible for the voter to verify who they voted for.”
Experts and good government groups say these machines will change New York’s entire way of voting, undermine confidence, and vastly increase election budgets, because these voting machines are the most expensive on the market. They warn of longer lines to vote, because they say that when everyone votes on a computerized ballot-marker … everyone waits longer.
Experts and good government groups recommend lawmakers take action to protect New York voters by immediately passing two bills updating New York’s election security laws, which have not had an overhaul since 2008.
The recommended bills are NY A1115C/S309B and A829A/S6211.
You can write or call your legislator and ask them to co-sponsor A1115C/S309B and A829A/S6211. and pass both bills as soon as the legislature convenes in January.
Find your Assembly Member. Find your Senator.
Suggested Script: I'm asking you to co-sponsor and support the immediate passage of A1115C/S309B and A829A/S6211. These bills are urgently needed to protect New Yorkers from voting machines that security experts say “will deteriorate our security and our ability to have confidence in our elections.” These voting machines called hybrid and universal-use machines could contribute to long lines to vote and a loss of confidence. Let's protect the system we have now. Thank you.
Write or call the NY Governor and ask her to reach out to the legislature and support A1115C/S309B and A829A/S6211
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