Remember HAVA? Remember how we were supposed to be rid of all our lever machines at this point? Remember how New York was going to get in big trouble? Remember how Albany just kept snacking away in front of the TV? I guess we’re in trouble again.
A federal judge is giving New York until Jan. 4 to comply with a federal election law to make voting more accurate and easier. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe spent much of a court hearing Thursday expressing his disgust with the state for its failure to meet the requirements of the Help America Vote Act while every other state took action.
Whatever. Albany sez pass the Cheetos. Background and reaction from elsewhere:
Gotham Gazette: New Voting Machines May Not Meet State Standards
Ithaca Journal: HAVA lawsuit: Sad ending for important process
Oneonta Daily Star: Poll access for disabled heats debate (information on how optical scanners may be finally gaining the upper hand in the great battle against touchscreen voting)
Meanwhile, they say they’re might send Gov. Spitzer out to enforce the federal ruling. Ooh, scary.