NY’s Oversight Committee head requires elimination of defective voting machines

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The chair of the Metropolis Council’s Oversight and Investigations Committee is asking for a halt to the Board of Elections’ plan to make use of machines provided by an organization with a spotty file for this fall’s early voting.

“I’m towards rigging the method in favor of a contractor with a doubtful monitor file,” stated Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx).

Election Programs & Software program got here below hearth after its poll scanners reportedly jammed at polling locations throughout the town in November’s elections.

“There must be an investigation of the efficiency and conflicts of curiosity involving ES&S. There must be a aggressive bidding course of,” Torres stated.

BOE Govt Director Michael Ryan can be on the new seat after it was revealed final yr that he didn’t report a number of posh enterprise journeys paid for by ES&S.

He subsequently stepped down from an unpaid gig on the contractor’s advisory board.

The BOE needs to make use of ES&S’ Specific Vote XL touch-screen system, which might let voters solid ballots immediately on the machine after inserting a clean slip of paper right into a slot within the laptop.

However the state Board of Elections has but to certify ES&S’s touch-screen system and is reviewing the town’s request to make use of it for 9 days of early voting earlier than the Nov. 5 elections.

Torres stated he’s additionally involved about cyber assaults on the system.

Sources aware of it stated there shall be a paper recording of the touch-screen votes to guard towards tampering.

In a March 27 letter to the state, Ryan stated ES&S’s contact display was the most suitable choice after the town’s board dominated out paper ballots.

“The Metropolis Board has concluded that using conventional paper ballots is nearly unimaginable for early voting,” Ryan wrote.

Election officers are hampered by the shortage of voting techniques.

A majority of voting machines utilized by election businesses nationwide are supplied by solely a handful of corporations: ES&S, Dominion Voting System and Hart InterCivic.

Solely ES&S and Dominion Voting are licensed in New York. Each are politically related.

ES&S has paid a lobbying agency $645,000 to woo election officers and politicians since 2011, information present.

Dominion Voting has paid greater than $600,000 since 2011 to a steady of lobbyists.

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