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Feds Sue New York Over Voting Rights Reform

The Federal Justice Department is suing New York State over its failure to comply with voting law changes that would have required the state to buy brand new voting machines in time for the fall elections. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
ES&S's Judd Ryan shows off the iVotronic LS.
ES&S's Judd Ryan shows off the iVotronic LS.

Kicking the Tires on New Voting Machines

St. Lawrence County officials and pollworkers got to audition a new voting machine Monday. The company ES&S showed off a model designed especially for New York. ES&S has placed thousands of machines in 20 states. All of New York's counties have to replace the old-fashioned mechanical lever units by next Election Day. Each county will choose the model it likes best. As David Sommerstein reports, the options will be limited, and getting new machines in place by next November will be a frantic undertaking.  Go to full article

NY Expected to Modernize Voting Machines

This Election Day in New York may be the last time that voters use the old-fashioned mechanical lever machines. Under a new federal law, New York and other states have to modernize their voting systems. Some voting rights advocates say they want to make sure that the right voting machines are purchased. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Reform Advocates Push for Optical Scan Voting Machines

Government reform advocates will try to convince county election officials in New York to buy a type of voting machine that they say will make it easier to recount ballots if there are problems with future elections. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Working to Pass Voting Bill This Week

The New York State legislature has yet to agree on a play to reform voting practices in the state, though leaders of a joint conference committee say they are hopeful an accord can be reached in time for the end of the session. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Progress Made on Voting Reform

Leaders of the legislative conference committee predict they'll have a final agreement on voting reform legislation by early next week. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Counties Will Choose New Voting Machines

State Lawmakers have decided to allow individual counties to choose their voting machines that will be required by federal law beginning in 2006. Government reform advocates warn that plan could lea to chaos and confusion on election day, with different voting machines in different parts of the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Electronic Voting, with Headphones

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

Reformers Say State Could Improve Voter Turnout

Three North Country counties have the lowest voter turnout in New York State. The prison population pulls those numbers down, but voter participation in New York State as a whole is below the national average. That's according to a study by a student-led research group.  Go to full article

Clinton Introduces Count Every Vote Act

Democratic Leaders in the U.S. House and Senate, including New York Senator Hillary Clinton, yesterday introduced the Count Every Vote Act. The bill would insure every voting machine leaves a paper trail. It would also make Election Day a national holiday. Clinton hopes it'll provide money and direction to New York - which has only a year to replace thousands of aging machines around the state. Greg Warner reports.  Go to full article

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