New York City Council Res. 961 gets large sponsorship on first day

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Wed Jul 25 2007 - 23:12:13 CDT

Teresa Hommel reports:

July 25, 2007

NY City Council Member Darlene Mealy introduced Resolution 961 today,
calling upon the NY State Board of Elections to develop our own optical
scan system like Oklahoma did, or to accept a free 100% open-source
optical scan system from citizens who have developed it.
http://www.wheresthepaper.org/ny.html#CCreso961

One third of the council signed on as sponsors, including Addabbo,
Avella, Foster, Gerson, Jackson, James, Koppell, Liu, Mendez,
Monserrate, Nelson, Palma, Sanders, Seabrook, Vann, and White.

Please go to the above web address to
--read this wonderful resolution
--get letters to send to Speaker Christine Quinn, and Governmental
Operations Chairman Simcha Felder

The League of Women Voters of New York City can help you find your
council member. http://www.lwvnyc.org/TRY_find.html
If your Council Member is not a sponsor, please call them ASAP and ask
them to sponsor it, and if they don't want to, ask why not. --And let us
know! admin@wheresthepaper.org

Explanation of the issue

Resolution 961 deals with our future voting equipment, and public
confidence in our elections. We need voting equipment that is under full
public control and not under the control of private corporations, which
have no accountability to the public.

New York State has two alternatives to the purchase of voting systems
with secret software from private vendors.

1. New York could commission the development of its own optical scanner
system to be used throughout the state.

2. New York could accept a free, 100% "open source" system which has
been developed by citizens eager to provide an alternative to
commercially produced systems.

The state of Oklahoma developed their own software for their current
optical scanner system, and there is not even one problem report from
Oklahoma in any election problem database for recent elections.

This subject is urgent now, because New York State plans to resume
testing new systems from private vendors in September 2007. Yet, all of
the major vendors that wish to sell their equipment in New York have had
difficulties in delivering working equipment, and their equipment has a
history of high failure rates. These vendors have engaged in legal
disputes with their clients, in some cases going so far as to claim
ownership of voting data after use of their equipment.

In addition, the New York State Comptroller has guidelines for "vendor
responsibility" http://www.osc.state.ny.us/agencies/gbull/g221.htm and
NONE of the major vendors of voting systems meet these requirements
http://www.wheresthepaper.org/IrresponsibleVendors070710.pdf.

Our City Council Members must voice the need for voting equipment that
is under full public control, open to public scrutiny, and worthy of
public confidence.

We want the City Council to pass Resolution 961 to send a message to the
New York State Board of Elections to commission the development of a
system that would be owned entirely by our state, or to accept a free
system from citizens who have developed it.

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