Are You Registered to Vote? Really?

Don’t assume anything, confirm your registration
With all the attention that voting machines have received over the last few years, many people don’t realize that the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) addressed more than just voting equipment. HAVA also required substantial changes to the way voter registration lists are managed, requiring that all states maintain a […]

Good News for New York

The Process is Working
New York State’s new voting systems are failing certification testing. The two systems undergoing testing for use in 2009 are showing large numbers of defects against New York requirements, have as yet unresolved design and manufacturing issues, and during the initial stages of my source code review I found a software back […]

Tell it to the Judge

State Board informs Court of schedule delay
As I reported in my last post, problems encountered during New York State’s tough certification testing has caused the timeline for the 2009 rollout of state’s new voting machines to slip. Now the State Board of Elections has notified the Court that it will not be possible to complete […]

Schedule Slips and Slippery Slopes

Voting Machines Can’t Meet NY Standards in Time for 2009
It’s become obvious that New York State’s new voting systems will not be able to complete New York State certification testing in time for the scheduled 2009 rollout. The state sets the highest bar in the nation for approval of voting machines, one that vendors have […]

Open Letter

In the past week several articles and series of emails have circulated on the Web which have accused me of lying and willful misrepresentation of facts; of intentionally deceiving New York State citizens on election integrity issues; of having no understanding of the problems and challenges presented by computer technology in elections. I write this […]

Not Ready for Prime Time

Nassau County Refuses to Accept More Failing Systems
You would have thought that since there have been so many documented problems in other states over the years that voting machine vendors would have gone out of their way to make sure new systems being deployed in the Empire State were thoroughly tested, met all state requirements, […]

County Considers Using Untested Scanners

Will Ulster County Use Untested Machines in 2008?
In my last post, I noted the four crucial areas that we’ll need to focus on in the coming months. One of them, oversight of New York State’s voting systems, is a constant task. Here’s today’s example.
At its June 19 meeting the State Board of Elections announced that […]

What’s Next For New York

DREs may be gone, but there’s much to do
If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, wonder no more. After the dust finally settled and DREs were no longer an option in New York, I took a little time off to rest, attended several State Board of Elections meetings, observed acceptance testing of the new Ballot […]

LibertyVote Leaves New York

Last of the DREs pull outs of the Empire State
It is now official. Liberty Election Systems has withdrawn their DRE from the New York State and has informed the State Board of Elections that they will not pursue further certification testing or fill their one current order. LibertyVote was promoting the Dutch Nedap DRE […]

The Law, Litigation, and LibertyVote

Vendor to sue NY again to allow DREs
I told you the DRE vendors are like zombies, and will never, ever stop trying to force DRE machines on New York State voters. Once again, LibertyVote and their Dutch partner Nedap are preparing to go to Court to challenge county purchases for accessible paper ballot systems, and […]