Allison Kilkenny: Unreported

NY Voter Update: NY Will Use Electronic Voting Machines

Posted in voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 20, 2008

I just received this e-mail from the NYS Board of Elections

Thank you for your e-mail about maintaining lever voting machines in New York State, which is duly noted. Please be aware, however,  that in replacing the lever machines and instituting electronic ballot marking devices, the state is following, as required, the mandate of the Help America Vote Act. We appreciate your interest in safeguarding the integrity of the voting process.

New York State Board of Elections
40 Steuben Street
Albany, NY  12207-2108


To clarify: the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was signed into law by President Bush in 2002.

HAVA did three things: replaced punch card voting systems, created the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and established minimum election administration standards. 

HAVA was supposed to strengthen the electoral process, but all it did was making voting more difficult for certain people (namely the elderly and minorities.) HAVA beefed up ID requirements. People who don’t have driver licenses (again, the elderly and minorities,) sometimes face intimidation and discrimination when they go to vote, and they do not have government issued IDs. 

HAVA also replaced traditional voting booths with electronic machines, which have no paper trails, and famously delete, and sometimes switch, votes. 

In short: just like the ironically named Patriot Act, the Help America Vote Act actually performs the opposite task it name implies, and PREVENTS America from voting.

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