Voting in New York

From Teresa Hommel:

Voting Machines – what will New York City get?

July 2005 —
New York passes new election law
Bans lever voting machines as of September 2007
Requires each county and the City of New York to choose new machines

Jan. 2006 —
State Board of Elections may “certify” two types of equipment–

PBOS — consists of Paper Ballots to be marked by hand (or by ballot-marking devices for voters with disabilities or minority languages), and Optical Scanner machines in each polling place to check each ballot for correctness before it is cast and to print a tally at the end of the election day.

DREs — consist of “Direct Recording Electronic” voting machines (computers) with a touchscreen or pushbuttons, and a tiny printer to print a receipt-like list of each voter’s choices for the voter to verify before pressing “Cast My Ballot.” The printout stays in a secure storage box in the machine.

Individuals and organizations —
Please contact our Election Commissioners and County Leaders with a simple message — Choose PBOS!

—-Optical Scanners are reliable, time-tested, and inexpensive. Low-tech is more manageable for election staff, poll workers, and voters!

—-DREs have failed in many elections and cost three times as much. High-tech is not ready for “prime time.” Let’s learn from other states’ experience!

—-I want Paper Ballots and Optical Scanners, with accessible ballot-marking devices for voters with special needs. I don’t want electronic voting!”


Election Commissioners & Executive Director, NYC Board of Elections
(2 commissioners per borough, 1 Democrat & 1 Republican. Send all mail to the Executive Office. Send a separate letter to each person.)

Address for all Commissioners and the Executive Director

Board of Elections in the City of New York
Executive Office
32 Broadway
New York NY 10004

Commissioner Joseph J. Savino (R, Bronx, same person as County Leader)
Commissioner Nero Graham, Jr. (D, Bronx)
Commissioner Frederic M. Umane (R, Manh)
Commissioner Gregory C. Soumas (D, Manh)
Commissioner Nancy Mottola Schacher (R, Bklyn)
Commissioner Jeannette Gadson (D, Bklyn)
Commissioner Anthony Como (R, Queens)
Commissioner Terrence C. O’Connor (D, Queens)
Commissioner Mary Ann Yennella (R, SI)
Commissioner James Joseph Sampel (D, SI)
John Ravitz, Executive Director

2 County Leaders per borough, 1 Democrat & 1 Republican

Jose Rivera
Chair, Bronx Democratic Party
135 Westchester Square
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: 718-931-5200 Fax: 718-792-3882
email: bronxcountydem[at]

Hon. Jay (Joseph) Savino
Chairman, Bronx Republican Party ( He is also the Republican Election Commissioner)
2113 Williamsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10461-1606
Phone: 718-792-5800 Fax: 718-863-2301

Hon. Hy Singer
Chairman, Brooklyn Republican Party
26 Court St, #2305
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Phone: 718-582-9454 or 718-646-5655

Vito Lopez
Chair, Brooklyn Democratic Party
Kings County Democratic County Committee
16 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11241
Phone: 718-875-5870, Fax: 718-596-4013

Herman D. Farrell, Jr.
Chair, New York County Democratic Committee
60 Madison Ave #1201
NY NY 10010
Phone: 212-725-8825 Fax: 212-725-8867

Honorable James Ortenzio
Chairman, New York County Republican Party
122 E. 83 St
NY NY 10028
Phone: 212-517-8444 Fax: 212-517-3142

Tom Manton, Chairman, Queens Democratic Party
95-25 Queens Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11375
Phone: 718-268-5100 Fax: 718-268-7363

Hon. Serphin Maltese
Chairman, Queens Republican Party
71-20 Myrtle Ave.
Glendale, NY 11385
Phone: 718-628-9522 or 718-628-9519, Fax: 718-381-4807

Staten Island
John W. Lavelle
Chairman, Staten Island Democratic Party
County Headquarters
274 Watchogue Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: (718) 983-5009 Fax: (718) 983-5541

Honorable Robert Helbock
Chairman, Staten Island Republican Party
58 New Dorp Plaza
Staten Island NY 10306
Phone: 718-667-4600 Fax:718-816-0718

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