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. Go to full article
Jan 15, 2001 — It-s been 11 years since the Town of Lawrence spent nearly $15,000 on three new electronic voting machines. It was a big investment, and the town had to foot the bill on its own. Town officials just wanted to replace their 60-year-old pull-lever machines. They had no idea they would be setting an example for future election reform. But after this fall's election debacle, when the nation watched court battles about punch-cards and hanging chads, New York politicians are now looking to make the voting process easier and more accurate. And, they're looking to the North Country for some help. Jody Tosti has more. Go to full article