May 04, 2005 — Yesterday, vendors of electronic voting machines peddled their wares to Board of Elections supervisors at their regional meeting in Syracuse. They're competing for a massive contract - one company's machines will be chosen to outfit poll stations around the state for the 2006 elections. Under the Help America Vote Act, the federal government has promised $220 million to buy the machines and train poll workers.
Lots of people are concerned with which machines state legislators choose to buy. They include people with disabilities, who traveled to Syracuse yesterday to test the machines for accessibility. Sue Morrow is a blind woman who lives in Watertown - she works at the Independent Living Center. She spoke to reporter Greg Warner last night after she got back. First she described how she votes now.