New York Lawmakers, Advocates Seek to Ban Certain Types of Voting Machines

Advocates and lawmakers in New York state are calling for a ban on voting machines that use both a ballot scanner and a built-in printer, arguing that the devices are both insecure and expensive.

“Lawmakers must act quickly and pass legislation that bans One-in-All voting machines for good,” Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause NY, said in a statement on Friday.

Such machines, Lerner added, “are wasteful, insecure, and deeply flawed machines,” according to a news release from the organization. “Our current system is already the current gold standard: voter-marked paper ballots and optical scanners. Any one-in-all voting machine would be a serious—and expensive—needless step backwards. Protect the voters and secure the right to vote.”

The machines involve a touch screen and allow voters to mark their ballot electronically instead of via voter-marked paper ballots, says Common Cause NY.

“Cyber security election experts almost universally pan the touch screen technology, so much so that most states have switched back to voter-marked paper ballots. These machines, in addition to costing the taxpayer exorbitant amounts of money, are likely to result in long lines and problems at the polls,” the group said in a news release. “When these machines go down, everything grinds to a halt, because voters cannot mark their own ballots or easily verify that their ballots are correct.”

Lawmakers said they are considering a Democrat-backed bill in the legislature to ban machines with a printer and scanner. Last year, the New York State Board of Elections voted against certifying a type of voting machine that uses both a scanner and a printer, according to the news release.

“As many advocates have warned, these machines are highly problematic: they produce unverifiable results, have malfunctioned in other states in recent elections, and, perhaps worst of all, have now added printing non-English ballots in a hard- to read format, relying instead on bar codes that the voter can’t read,” Assemblymember Catalina Cruz, a Democrat, told local news outlets.

She added that “voters whose English is not their first language need the ease and reliability of paper ballots” and noted there are “no circumstances under which New York should authorize all-in-one machines for use in our elections, especially at a time when voting rights are under assault.”

It comes with just months to go before the 2022 midterm elections. Last month, New York’s highest court rejected Democrat-drawn state Senate and congressional redistricting maps and said it will “likely be necessary” to move state Senate and congressional primary elections back several months to sometime in August.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.

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