Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing lever voting machines to be used in NY village elections, including those held later this month. The Election Transparency Coalition supported this legislation, which was sponsored by Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
Unfortunately, as the situation now stands, both villages and school districts (which were already operating under a temporary exemption) will be required to use optical scanners to count votes after 2012, and some local jurisdictions — such as fire districts and libraries — are still required to use optical scanners.
ETC shares the concerns expressed by local officials about the unnecessary costs of the optical scan systems. We remain even more concerned, however, about the lack of transparency and security inherent in systems where vote counts are produced secretly inside computers.
We call upon administrators of all local elections to make sure that all voters, regardless of special needs, have the ability to exercise their right to vote, and that the electorate’s right to observe all stages of elections be honored as well.