New York berated by Mom; told to make bed, get job

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.

3 thoughts on “New York berated by Mom; told to make bed, get job

  1. Mrs. Mecomber

    I’ve worked the polls numerous times. The disabled have access to the voting machines just like everyone else. There is nothing wrong with the lever voting machines!

    I am against the computerized machines. They are just too hack-able. And what of a power outage? Or what of a cyber-burp? And I don’t think NY’s machines emit receipts… there are too many “ifs” with the electronic machines. We like our levers.

    Maybe the kids out to run away from home before mom comes in…

  2. Ellen

    Did you deal with any blind voters or immobilized voters though? I think that is part of the concern…

    If you read the story in the Oneonta paper, there is interesting information on how touchscreens (which have proved hackable) are falling out of favor and optical character readers (you fill out a ballot and run it through a machine to scan) are gaining favor.

    We do need better access for the disabled, but I suspect that New York was correct (in a perverse way) to drag its feet on this. The decisions made by other states were questionable and now some of those states, stuck with touchscreens, are sorry they rushed to comply.

    That said, I hardly think this was cleverness on anyone’s part – more like an illustration of “A stopped clock is right twice a day.”

  3. Atticus Finch

    In response to Mrs. mecomber’s statement: “The disabled have access to the voting machines just like everyone else. There is nothing wrong with the lever voting machines!”

    There’s “nothing wrong” only if one is physically ABLE to reach, see or operate the machines. If one can’t, then one is out of luck.

    I too have been involved with the polling stations, particuraly in this area–I was part of a group of SU students who went and surveyed polling stations across the county. When queried about what policies and proceedures were in place to “help” people with disabilities vote, the answer was (said with a questioned intonation) “Well…one of us could go into the booth with them?”

    Hmm. That brings up the slight problems of 1.) privacy and 2.) trusting that the “volunteer” assigned to the person is honest, and will actually be doing what they are asked on behalf of the person with a disability…. Not that I’m stating the volunteers at the polls are DIShonest (I’m sure they’re all nice people), but, if you were in that situation…would YOU want someone else casting your vote????

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