Poll-watching banned in Troy, NY

Troy School Elections Update 5/13/07

Citizen Poll Watching Effort Banned by Troy City School Board

One day prior to the Troy City School District elections, the Board of Education halted an effort by citizens groups to observe the polls during Tuesday’s controversial School District Election. The election will use uncertified electronic voting machines and be overseen by the LibertyVote DRE vendor. The Board of Education informed the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County on the day before the election that no poll watchers would be allowed due to “security concerns”.

NYVV and the local and state Leagues had planned the poll watching effort for several weeks and were in the final stages of preparations when the School Board banned any poll watchers. On Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 11:00 AM the groups will hold a press conference at Superintendents Office Building Entrance, 2920 Fifth Avenue in Troy responding to the ban on independent observation of a public election.

Here’s a breaking news report.

Following are updates on the Troy School District Election.

Check out NYVV’s Troy Election Resource Page.

Troy Election – Media Coverage

We’ve worked hard at getting the truth out about this back door effort to use untested DREs. The local media has reported on our efforts challenging the use of uncertified LibertyVote DREs in the Troy School District elections.

Troy Record Editorial – Reconsider plan to use DREs

Oversight of school voting sought

Critics wary of new voting devices

Warning Letter Delivered to state School Boards

On May 2 NYVV and the League of Women Voters of NYS sent a joint letter to all 716 School Boards in New York State notifying them of our concerns about the use of unapproved voting machines in School Board Elections.

Read the NYVV/LWVNYS letter here.

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New Yorkers for Verified Voting continues to fight for voting integrity and transparency in New York State, just as we have in the past and as we are doing today in Troy, NY.

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New Yorkers for Verified Voting

Bo Lipari

Executive Director

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