Spitzer calls for PBOS
This is a good start. He isn’t hiding from the issue, and properly calls HAVA a “disaster.”
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New York Attorney General Circulates Statement Calling For Paper Ballot Optical Scan Voting
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA
September 06, 2006
Spitzer Calls Optical Scan Voting Systems “Proven Technology”, Voices Concern About Electronic Voting
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has published a statement voicing concerns about the reliability and even the potential for election fraud with electronic voting after speaking with local activist groups around New York State. In the statement Spitzer asks the state to implement “a vigorous testing regime” or consider an alternative to electronic machines called ‘Paper Ballot with Precinct Based Optical Scan’, also known as PBOS.
“Albany’s implementation of the Help America Vote Act has been a well-publicized disaster,” Spitzer said in the statement, “State government’s failure of leadership is especially disconcerting in light of widespread reports of the unreliability and potential for fraud of electronic voting machines.”
Optical Scan systems are popular in a number of other states. Within the past year, the states of New Mexico and Connecticut have decided to use statewide optical scan systems to comply with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).The complete Optical scan system includes ballot marking technology which allows a paper ballot based system to provide accessible, private and independent voting for voters with disabilities. HAVA requires new voting machines for New York by 2007.