Schuyler County Lever Resolution

SCHUYLER COUNTY LEGISLATURE
Regular Meeting March 9, 2009
Intro. No. 16 Motion by Fagan
Approved by Committee DAFSeconded by Field
Approved by Co. Atty. DJMVote: 6 Ayes to 0 Noes

Name of Noes

    RE:RESOLUTION URGING THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY, SENATE AND GOVERNOR AND THE NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO ENACT LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZE THE CONTINUED USE OF LEVER STYLE VOTING MACHINES AS A SOLUTION TO UNWARRANTED EXPENSES TO THE CITIZENS OF SCHUYLER COUNTY RELATIVE TO HAVA – BOARD OF ELECTIONS – AS AMENDED
WHEREAS, for many decades Schuyler County has successfully used mechanical lever-style voting machines, with very few problems, and is desirous of continuing to do so, and
WHEREAS, New York State enacted the Election Reform and Modernization Act of 2005 (ERMA) and other laws that require all lever machines to be replaced and prohibit the use of any lever machines in any future elections in New York State, and
WHEREAS, said New York State legislation relating to voting machines far exceeds the federal requirements of Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and
WHEREAS, while Schuyler County has been the recipient of federal funds to implement HAVA, the state’s additional requirements and method of allocating funds has created undue financial hardship with mandated expenses far exceeding formula based revenues , and
WHEREAS, said HAVA funding formula is not equitable to the smaller counties in that after purchasing the necessary voting machines and a minimal amount of training there are no funds left for the remainder of training and purchasing of the hardware and software necessary to operate the machines and the hiring of additional personnel to program machines, do the necessary quarterly testing, ballot definition, etc. as there is for the larger counties, and
WHEREAS, this inequitable formula is placing a severe burden on counties that have a smaller population and tax base with less ability to raise the funds necessary to purchase the hardware, software and additional training which in Schuyler County’s case, are in excess of $100,000, and
WHEREAS, both in terms of efficacy and cost efficiency, Schuyler County believes that the continued used of lever-style voting machines is in the best interest of the public and should be permitted to be used in future elections, and
WHEREAS, the State’s statutorily required elimination of lever-style voting machines is unnecessary, inappropriate, and costly to Schuyler County taxpayers, and in these difficult economic times the cost to implement elections with these new machines will not be paid for by New York State and is an unfunded mandate.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Schuyler County Legislature hereby urges the New York State Assembly, Senate and Governor and the New York State Board of Elections to enact laws, rules, and regulations that specifically authorize the continued use of lever-style voting machines, as a solution to the unwarranted expenses to the citizens of Schuyler County relative to HAVA and ensuring New York State continued maintenance of a transparent, secure, accurate and reliable electoral system using lever-style voting machines, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Schuyler County Legislature shall forward copies of this resolution to Governor David Paterson, New York State Comptroller’s Office, Senate Majority Leader Dean O. Skelos, Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, Senator George H. Winner, Jr., Assemblyman Thomas F. O’Mara, the New York Sate Association of Counties (NYSAC), and the Inter-County Association of Western New York.

2 Responses to Schuyler County Lever Resolution

  1. J Peter Yendell says:

    Will you be submitting this at the next Inter County Meeting in Yates County on June 19th?

  2. J Peter Yendell says:

    I am a Supervisor from Livingston County and a member of Inter County

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