Friday, August 29, 2008

BMDs Are (Finally) in the City

A mailing (to the left) from the New York City Board of Elections earlier this week notified voters that ballot marking devices (BMDs) will be available to voters who need assistance in every precinct. This long overdue development was mandated by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002.

Six years and one lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice later, New York remains the least complaint in the nation with HAVA. Just when will the mechanical lever machines be replaced? According to Bo Lipari, the 2009 deadline is now slipping. New voting machines apparently are failing rigorous testing, which our colleague Larry Norden agrees with Bo is a good thing. Still, the state is required (once again) by law to install new machines in 2009.

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