As State Pushes Ahead with Rollout of Computerized Voting Systems, Election Watchdogs Threaten Legal Action
What: Public Forum: The Threat to Voting in New York and What to Do About It
When: Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Main Sanctuary at St. Marks Church in the Bowery, 10th Street and 2nd Ave in Manhattan
Who: Douglas Kellner, Commissioner of NYS Board of Elections
Mark Crispin Miller, renowned author of “Fooled Again, The Real Case for Electoral Reform”
Andi Novick, attorney and driving force behind efforts to preserve New York’s constitutionally-compliant lever voting system, founder of the Election Transparency Coalition
Sponsored by the Village Independent Democrats
Why: New York State is the only state in the U.S. that conducts elections in a transparent and verifiable manner. All other states have moved to electronic vote-counting systems that make it impossible for election officials, official observers, candidates, or the public to determine whether the announced vote totals accurately represent the votes cast. These secret vote-counting systems violate the principles of a constitutional democracy as represented in two centuries of statutory law and judicial precedence interpreting New York’s Constitution, and as recently held by Germany’s Constitutional Court. Yet electronic voting systems are slated to be fully operational in New York by 2010. At this free public event, Andi Novick will outline the reasons New York’s Election Reform and Modernization Act (ERMA) is unconstitutional, Mark Crispin Miller will discuss the dangers of electronic vote counting systems, and Douglas Kellner will explain the state’s insistence on an expensive change in election technology beyond what is required by the federal government.