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Essex County resists switch to electronic voting

The resolution requests that the State Legislature and Board of Elections enact the necessary laws to allow counties to keep their lever voting machines and use them in conjuction with BMDs; a proposal Novick said would satisfy HAVA requirements.

Similar resolutions have already been passed in Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster, Schuyler, and Greene Counties, as well as the New York Association of Towns. Novick said other counties are considering similar action.

"When you allow a computerized voting system where you can't see how the votes are counted, you open yourself up to fraud," said Novick, who is working with ETC to prepare litigation challenging ERMA on constitutional grounds.

Though computerized voting systems are required to print a paper record of votes, Novick said they still leave the door open for malfunction or tampering. She pointed to the extremely close results in the recent 20th Congressional District special election as further evidence for the importance of lever and paper ballot voting.

"I can't believe either [James] Tedisco or [Scott] Murphy would have accepted those results on a software system," she said.

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