This is the first in a series of quick & simple actions designed to stop computerized voting from coming to NYS and Help Save Our Lever voting machines by letting our Election Commissioners, elected representatives and the press hear from you: New Yorkers who will not be silent while our secure voting system is replaced with “crap”.*
Please choose one of the sample letters below and email to the NYS Election Commissioners at firstname.lastname@example.org – Make sure the subject line says “Share with all election commissioners”
We know everyone is pressed for time but the impact of your letter will be enhanced if you are also able to cc your letters to:
We encourage you to personalize your letters if you desire and please include your email address and your town. Scroll to end of letters for important information.
Here are the letters to choose from:
1) Dear Commissioners,
As a citizen of New York and resident of (fill in the blank) County I am appalled to learn that New York still intends to replace our dependable and transparent lever voting machines with electronic voting systems which the consensus of scientific experts has deemed too unreliable and insecure and about which the National Institute of Standards and Technology has stated “experience in testing software and systems has shown that testing to high degrees of security and reliability is from a practical perspective “not possible.”
As election commissioners who have sworn an oath to protect the voters of New York, the state legislature will heed your advice. The requirements of HAVA have now been met through the provision of ballot marking devices at every polling place. I implore you now to inform the legislature what common sense, your professional experience and oath of office demand – that secure, transparent and reliable elections depend upon the retention of our lever machines and the rejection of electronic optical scanners and DREs.
2) Dear Commissioners,
We look to you to uphold your oath of office to protect the voters of New York. Our county election commissioners cannot fulfill their oaths to do the same if you blind them with computerized vote counting machines that renders the process they are responsible for, invisible. We have been watching and reading and we know that software-driven voting machines are “insufficient to guarantee a trustworthy election.” (Project EVEREST/, Ohio Secretary of State, 2007). Do not certify computerized machines that have been shown to allow one person “…with temporary access to a single voting machine” to steal the entire election. (California’s Top-to-Bottom Review, 2007). Indeed you cannot in good faith certify machines when the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the agency which advises the US Election Assistance Commission on the writing of federal voting system standards, has already found that, ” …testing to high degrees of security and reliability is from a practical perspective not possible.”
SAVE OUR LEVER VOTING SYSTEM.
We look to you to uphold your oath of office to protect the voters of New York. We have been following the progress of New York’s certification testing of the optical scan voting systems, including your weekly reports to Judge Sharpe and your public Commissioners meetings. As your best efforts have shown, you cannot in good faith “certify” any software-driven voting systems. This should come as no surprise however, since the National Institute of Standards and Technology has already found that, “…testing to high degrees of security and reliability is from a practical perspective not possible.” (Requiring Software Independence in VVSG 2007, Nov. 2006)
We know from the experience of other states that software-driven voting systems are “insufficient to guarantee a trustworthy election.” (Project EVEREST, Ohio Secretary of State, 2007). Please do not certify computerized machines that have been shown to allow one person “…with temporary access to a single voting machine” to steal the entire election. (California Secretary of State’s Top-to-Bottom Review, 2007).
We ask you to PLEASE SAVE OUR LEVER VOTING SYSTEM. Return the Title I HAVA money, and continue to provide and perfect accessible ballot markers for voters with special needs to comply with HAVA using Title II funds. But please do not ask the vast majority of New York’s voters to trust that the software will get it right on election night, when this is impossible to guarantee.