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Common Cause sues to block new voting machines

Nov 30, 2023 12:55 pm

Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union that Common Cause New York, is suing the state Board of Elections in state Supreme Court in Albany County over its approval of a specific voting machine. The election reform organization wants the court to overturn the board’s August vote to buy the ExpressVote XL digital voting machine ahead of the 2024 presidential election. The board approved the machine on the conditions that the company would fix potential security issues with the source code of the software and ensure that all audits are completed by hand. One issue with the machines is that state law requires the voter to have the ability to check their ballot before submission to know it is accurate. These machines are touch screen, with voters choosing candidates, and then getting a print out with their choices. The printout has a barcode that the computer can read, but the voter cannot. Common Cause contends that makes the machine not compliant with state law. The group also pointed to a recent election in Northampton, Pa., where an ExpressVote XL machine printed ballots with errors in two races. A ExpressVote spokesperson said that was a “clerical labeling error.” The Common Cause court petition also said, “Use of the barcode can (and predictability will) provide fodder for those who peddle in election voter-fraud fearmongering and conspiracy theories about 'rigged elections' to reduce public confidence that votes are accurately cast and counted." Former New York Gov. David Paterson championed the touch screen machines as an improvement to the “voting experience for people with disabilities.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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