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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Hearings on Proposed Voting Machines: More Heckling?

Here's your chance to see the vaunted Diebolds in action.

1) Avante: VOTE-TRAKKER™ EVC308-FF (Touch Screen DRE)
2) ES&S: Model 100 (Optical Scan) and ES&S AutoMARK (Ballot Marking Device)
3) Diebold: AccuVote-OS (Optical Scan) and AutoMARK VAT (Ballot Marking
4) Sequoia: AVC Advantage Plus (Touch Screen DRE)
5) Sequoia: Optech Insight (Optical Scan)

Each vendor will conduct a half hour presentation followed by audience questions & answers. The demonstrations will be conducted from 5-10 PM on Nov. 15th and 17th. The locations are as follows:

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
LaGuardia Community College
Little Theater
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY
(718) 482-7200

Friday, November 17, 2006
Hostos Community College
Savoy Multipurpose Room
120 Walton Avenue
Bronx, NY
(718) 518-4444

On November 21, 2006 at 4 PM, the BOE in NYC will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed voting systems. The hearing is open to all members of the public to enable them to provide their thoughts and feedback to the Board’s Commissioners regarding the proposed voting systems.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Board of Elections in NYC
42 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10004

The only thing motivating me to cast votes in the general elections is the decrepit, 19th century mechanical systems, with their giant levers and flickable switches. They's so satisfyingly archaic. I imagine Bella Abzug rolling her eyes in my exact same voting booth 40 years ago.

And beyond nostalgia, these machines are less vulnerable to right wing tampering than, say, the Diebold demons.


  • At 4:03 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    They're showing both the touch-screen machines and the optical scan systems. The optical scans are way more reliable apart from not being subject to hacking, and cheaper.

  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Let's go clamor for the optical scans and heckle the touch-screens.

    Altho the Wednesday one is the same night as a CUP talk, and on Friday I might go to this Atlantic Monthly anniversary thing.


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