Wake County Board of Elections Action Alert - call and send them a message
They will meet Monday, February 13, 2006
at 2:00 PM
at the Wake County Office in the Big Conference Room on Left
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Mr. Thomas W. Steed, Jr.
home phone 919-829-5805
office phone 919-664-8822
Mr. Reginald Dion Currie
home phone 919-266-9297
office phone 919-264-3553
The County Commissioners and the Board of Elections will be meeting Monday at 2:00 to discuss voting systems for Wake County.
I am calling upon you to reconsider your support for touchscreen voting machines for early voting in Wake County.
Advocates of voting integrity in Wake support opti-scan over DRE voting machines. We believe that touchscreen voting machines are unreliable, and their toilet paper ballot is experimental and not durable.
Excuses are being made in order to push BOE members and County Commissioners into purchasing voting systems that are not right for Wake County Voters.
Much is being made of the new state requirement that the precinct of all votes cast at one-stop sites in early voting be identified. The difficulty of this basic administrative task is being exaggerated into a crisis in order to scare county commissioners and board of elections members into purchasing the far more expensive but far less reliable touchscreen voting machines.
Some counties are not falling for the fear tactics. Durham county, for example is dealing with the very same issue in a level headed manner - by treating this as the administrative task that it is. There is no emergency here. The tally by precincts can be made up to 60 days after the election. This is not so different from sorting done in the past, and the cost of hiring people to do it could be paid from the interest on the savings of not buying DREs
Nothing should trump the goal of accurate, accessible, auditable and affordable voting.
Wake voters want the most accurate, affordable and accessible voting system for precincts and early voting - optical scan. Wake county voters have enjoyed confidence in their elections because of the county's traditional and well-proven use of paper ballots with optical scan tabulators
Touchscreen machines with a toilet paper ballot are the wrong choice for Wake voters because they
- are not as user friendly as a simple paper optical scan ballot,
- take longer to cast a ballot on,
- create long lines, since one machine can only handle about 150 voters in one day,
- are not easily voter verified, and
- have a paper trail printout that is grossly inferior to the optical scan ballot in recountability.
- The paper trail on a touchscreen is up to 300 feet long, and may take up to 36 hours for 4 people to recount.
- Have been found to have printer jams that result in loss of the paper ballot
Wake voters should not be asked to sacrifice accurate and accountable elections for the sake of some election officials convenience or desire to have flashy new equipment with lots of bells and whistles.
We should stick with reliable technology that works, and let other counties but NOT WAKE be the beta test for touchscreen machines with a toilet paper ballot.