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Counties demonstrate disability accessible voting machines

New York State has lagged far behind the country in replacing its lever voting machines. Now New York's counties are scrambling to comply with their part of HAVA - the Help America Vote Act. Each county has leased at least one machine to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. But with so few machines, access will be a major issue. Gregory Warner went to a demonstration of the machines in Canton.  Go to full article

Public Weighs in on New Voting Machines

New York State is under federal mandate to have new voting machines on line by next November's elections under the Federal Help America Vote Act. But the State Board of Elections is still trying to adopt standards for those machines. Members of the State Board got an earful at the first of three public hearings, held in Rochester yesterday. Bud Lowell at public radio station WXXI reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Signs Disability Rights Law

Disabled rights advocates say Governor Pataki has signed a bill to help disabled people in nursing homes live on their own. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Advocates for Disabled Urge Pataki to Sign Independent Living Bill

Disabled rights groups are frustrated with what they say is the slow pace of a government task force that's supposed to help people stuck in nursing homes live on their own. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Voting Reform on Track?

Disabled rights groups are cautiously optimistic about discussions between the NY Assembly and Senate on the purchase of accessible voting machines. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Disabled Protest at Voting Reform Meeting

Disabled rights advocates briefly imprisoned Senators and Assembly members in their own conference room, after a legislative committee on voter reform adjourned once again without discussing the purchase of new voting machines. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Disabled Push for Voter Accessibility

Now that the Assembly and Senate have passed different versions of reforms to New York's voting practices, they'll have to agree on one version by the end of the year if they hope to have access to federal funds to carry out the changes. Disabled voters say more changes need to be made in order to ensure that polling places are fully accessible, as required under the law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Advocates for the Disabled Call for Voting Procedure Reform

Disabled rights advocates are urging the state legislature to rescind a requirement known as the full-face ballot. They say it hinders New York's ability to buy voting machines that are accessible. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Elections Board Report Criticized

Advocates for the disabled are critical of a new report by the state board of elections on how to improve voter access in New York. They say the report is too vague, and may end up disenfranchising some voters. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Disabled Rights Groups Reject Pataki's Budget Plan

A group of people who are receiving one of the smallest cuts in Governor Pataki's proposed budget say they will be hurt the most. Disabled people on SSI asked the governor to reconsider a cut of $13 from their month checks. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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