Saturday, February 14, 2009

LWVUS Voting System Standards never meant to apply to lever machines

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According to a statement posted and attested to by Teresa Alice Hommel on February 12, 2009, the League of Women Voters’ voting system standards adopted in 2006 were for electronic systems, and never were intended to apply to non-electronic systems such as lever machines.

New Yorkers for Verified Voting and the League of Women Voters of New York State recently published a paper[i] that intended to apply the national League’s voting system standards to lever voting machines. (I will call the national League simply “the League”.)

The paper asserts that lever machines "do not meet current standards for voting systems" and do not have the "higher level of … accountability[ii]" that optical scanners offer.

However, the League’s standards that the paper quotes are an out-of-context portion of the League’s position--which I worked to write and get adopted--that was never intended to be applied to non-computerized voting technology.

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