The New York State Board of Elections has proposed a dangerous plan that would allow uncertified touchscreens (also known as “Direct Recording Electronics” or DRE’s) to be used in polling places around the state in 2008.
The proposal would allow touchscreens to be used without undergoing the full certification testing required under New York State’s regulations. Citizens fought hard for 4 years for NY’s stringent testing requirements, but touchscreen sellers are using this ploy as a way to get around them.
The Board’s proposal would allow a touchscreen to be used in each polling place as an “accessible voting machine” for the blind and voters with other disabilities. The touchscreen’s ATM-style paper trail would be used as these voters’ official ballot. But since a touchscreen’s paper trail cannot be read by many disabled voters–especially the blind–this defeats the whole purpose of “accessibility” for the blind.
The Board’s proposal would bypass the full and thorough testing process that was guaranteed to New York State voters after our exhaustive lobbying efforts. In light of all we have learned from other states about the massive failures of touchscreens, we can’t allow this to happen.
WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK, the State Board will finalize documents that would allow touchscreens to be used in very polling place in New York State in 2008 without undergoing full and rigorous testing. If this happens, it will condemn New York State voters to years of the same problems, high costs, and security risks that other states using touchscreens have experienced.
The State Board of Elections is opening the door to making New York a touchscreen state – we can’t let that happen.
PLEASE ACT NOW.
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Executive Director, New Yorkers for Verified Voting
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