PB/OS Voting for Dutchess County sign now

Purpose: to urge the adoption of optically scanned paper ballot voting in Dutchess county, New York.

Whereas, the decision concerning replacement of lever voting machines for elections in Dutchess County to comply with the Help America Vote Act will be made by the Dutchess County Board of Elections, and

Whereas, paper ballot scan (PB/OS) voting machines are more accurate, are half as expensive, last twice to three times as long, take up much less space, require less special handling, and are user-friendly compared to direct recording electronic (DRE) touch screen voting machines, and

Whereas, the AutoMARK ballot-marking device used with PB/OS machines has been the system of choice of people with disabilities, and

Whereas, paper ballots optically scanned fulfill Dutchess County's requirement of being reliable; according to the League of Women Voters 46\% of counties, 36\% of precincts, and 35\% of voters in the entire US used PB/OS machines in the 2004 election these PB/OS systems are mature technologies having been performing well for 20 years, and

Whereas, PB/OS voting continues even if a scanner fails during an election; Dutchess County poll workers can place paper ballots in alternate storage until an alternate scanner is delivered, and

Whereas, Dutchess County has had successful experience in the use of optical scanners to count the ballots of absentee voters, and

Whereas, precinct-based optical scanners allow the voter to be notified immediately if there is an error in voting and to be offered the chance to declare the ballot spoiled and present it to the poll inspector and then be issued a replacement ballot to vote on, and

Whereas, Optical Scan Ballots are easy to re-count by hand, and

Whereas, Touch screen (DRE) machines have a recent history of technical problems and breakdowns leading some counties to scrap their DRE voting systems in favor of PB?OS systems, and

Whereas, Paper Ballot/ Optical Scan systems provide reliable, auditable, cost-effective technology with an anonymous, secure paper trail for each vote, therefore, be it

Resolved, that we the undersigned urge the purchase of precinct-counted optical scanning machines with paper ballots as the HAVA -compliant voting machines when Dutchess County replaces the current lever machines, and be it further

Resolved, that we the undersigned urge the purchase of precinct- based marking devices such as the AutoMARK device for paper ballots as the HAVA-compliant machine for voters with disabilities, and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus and Dutchess County Election Commissioners David Gamache and Fran Knapp and to the Dutchess County Legislature.

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