NY’s Oversight Committee head requires halt on voting machines

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The chair of the Metropolis Council’s Oversight and Investigations Committee is looking for a halt to the Board of Elections’ plan to make use of machines provided by an organization with a spotty report for this fall’s early voting.

“I’m towards rigging the method in favor of a contractor with a doubtful monitor report,” mentioned Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx).

Election Techniques & Software program got here beneath fireplace after its poll scanners reportedly jammed at polling locations throughout town in November’s elections.

“There must be an investigation of the efficiency and conflicts of curiosity involving ES&S. There must be a aggressive bidding course of,” Torres mentioned.

BOE Government Director Michael Ryan can also be on the new seat after it was revealed final yr that he didn’t report a number of posh enterprise journeys paid for by ES&S.

He subsequently stepped down from an unpaid gig on the contractor’s advisory board.

The BOE desires to make use of ES&S’ Specific Vote XL touch-screen system, which might let voters forged ballots immediately on the machine after inserting a clean slip of paper right into a slot within the pc.

However the state Board of Elections has but to certify ES&S’s touch-screen system and is reviewing town’s request to make use of it for 9 days of early voting earlier than the Nov. 5 elections.

Torres mentioned he’s additionally involved about cyber assaults on the system.

Sources accustomed to it mentioned there can be a paper recording of the touch-screen votes to guard towards tampering.

In a March 27 letter to the state, Ryan mentioned ES&S’s contact display was the best choice after town’s board dominated out paper ballots.

“The Metropolis Board has concluded that using conventional paper ballots is just about unattainable for early voting,” Ryan wrote.

Election officers are hampered by the shortage of voting programs.

A majority of voting machines utilized by election companies nationwide are supplied by solely a handful of companies: ES&S, Dominion Voting System and Hart InterCivic.

Solely ES&S and Dominion Voting are licensed in New York. Each are politically linked.

ES&S has paid a lobbying agency $645,000 to woo election officers and politicians since 2011, data present.

Dominion Voting has paid greater than $600,000 since 2011 to a steady of lobbyists.

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