Westchester County is in danger of purchasing very risky voting equipment. Experts say, "No form of audit can confirm they functioned correctly." (Quote from University of California auditing expert Professor Philip Stark.)
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Executive Assistant to Commissioner Reginald A. LaFayette
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I am adamantly opposed to the county spending 6 million dollars on voting equipment that we do not need when we are facing a 250 million dollar deficit. Additionally I am deeply concerned about the security problems that have been demonstrated with the Dominion ICE and the performance problems that have plagued KnowInk pollbooks.
Statements put out by the Board of Elections and other supporters justifying this bond are full of misinformation. Furthermore, buying all new election equipment immediately prior to a major election is asking for a disaster.
Other New York counties are using the voting machines that we have now, so it is unclear why we need new ones. We have over 1400 usable voting machines already for less than 300 planned polling locations. The county is in a fiscal crisis with a 250 million dollar deficit. Please do not waste our tax dollars on these expensive, insecure and unnecessary voting machines.
I rely on you, my elected representative to make sound financial, security and management decisions. I am watching the vote for this bond, and I will be profoundly disappointed in you if you support it. I want you to protect my vote and my tax dollars and vote "NO" Monday morning on the bond for voting equipment.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Thank you for your actions protecting my right to vote during the pandemic. I need for you to take action again.
The Westchester Election Commissioners are trying to pull a "fast one" on the voters. They are pushing 6 million dollars of voting equipment on us that is insecure and that we don't need. This is at a time when the county faces a $250 million deficit.
These voting machines are not considered reliable by security experts. Because of the way they are designed, they can change my vote after I cast it.
There is already legislation in the Assembly & Senate to ban "Hybrids." Please support it and take action yourself. Issue an executive order banning "Hybrid" voting machines. I want my vote to be counted accurately, and I don't want to vote on a "Hybrid" voting machine.
Dear Westchester Board of Elections,
The letter your supporters have released regarding why you want to purchase Dominion ICE voting machines is full of factual errors. These voting machines are not considered reliable by security experts. Because of the way they are designed, they can change my vote after I cast it. I want my vote to be counted accurately, and I don't want to vote on a "Hybrid" voting machine.
The Board of Legislators of Westchester County NY - one of the largest counties in the country - is about to vote on a bond to spend $4.7 million on a voting machines called the Dominion ICE. These machines are not needed and are considered by security experts to be one of the worst types of voting machines available.
They will also be voting on a bond to spend $1.5 million on electronic pollbooks from a company called KnowInk. KnowInk makes the electronic pollbooks that contributed to 3 hour lines in the Los Angeles primary in March and 8 hour lines in the Georgia primary in June.
The vote for the bond is happening in a Westchester County Board of Legislators' meeting Monday morning at 10AM.
Westchester Election Commissioners say that they need the Dominion ICE voting machines to run the election smoothly in November. But advocates who have contacted other NY counties say that those counties are doing fine using the same voting equipment that Westchester County has now.
In a July 30th letter, Allegra Dengler, Co-Founder of Citizens for Voting Integrity New York, states, "Only three New York counties use the Dominion ICE for all their needs: Madison, Lewis, and Sullivan counties. According to Verified Voting ... 21 other counties use the ICE primarily as a ballot marking device, not for counting ballots. The rest of the 62 counties use existing technology. "
Westchester County has 1420 working voting machines available to use for the less than 300 polling locations and approximately 17 Early Voting sites that may be open in November.
Westchester Election Commissioners have claimed that the Dominion ICE is for voters with disabilities. But voters with disabilities have said that they don't like the machine. All voters deserve to have their votes counted accurately, whether they have disabilities or not.
New York is not alone. All over the country, vendors are pushing expensive, insecure voting equipment on communities against the wishes of voters. From an op-ed in The Hill.
"Similar decisions have been made in Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Communities in those states have experienced frustration, outrage and even launched investigations following certification or adoption of election systems opposed by experts, good-government groups, competing vendors and the general public.
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