(November 1, 2006) — ALBANY — The state’s already long-delayed process of getting new voting machines is likely to be pushed back further, and the replacement of existing machines could be put off until 2008, two voting experts said Tuesday.
The likely delay, until March, is caused by the slower-than-anticipated process of checking the security of the machines, said Bo Lipari of New Yorkers for Verified Voting, a citizens’ group that has been monitoring the state’s purchase of new machines.
“It’s important a thorough security analysis be done,” said Lipari, the League of Women Voters’ representative on a panel advising the state Board of Elections on certification of new voting machines. “And if the process has to be delayed for that to take place, that is what (the board) should do.”
I agree; don’t rush into these decisions because there is an agreement to have the new machines in place for the 2007 elections. Take the time to check the security while you still have the time to do it.
We have a presidential election in 2008 and it will be the first time for many NY voters to use the new machines. That fact alone will cause some amount of confusion. Let’s not add further problems if it is not necessary.