Lifton Appointed to Committee That Will Recommend Voting Machines

October 12, 2005

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-Tompkins/Cortland) today announced her appointment to the Citizens’ Election Modernization Advisory Committee – a 12-member, bipartisan team assembled to review and make recommendations as to which voting machines meet the requirement of the Help America Vote Act and New York’s election law.

“Working on this committee will give me an opportunity to ensure voters cast their ballots on machines that work reliably and count every vote accurately. New voting machines will allow us to increase voter confidence while better accommodating voters with disabilities,” Lifton said.

Lifton noted that the state has received $190 million earmarked for new voting machines through the federal Help America Vote Act. Although new voting machines have to meet certain state and federal standards, counties will have the final decision about which machine to adopt.

As a member of the Assembly’s Committee on Election Law, Lifton has worked on a “Scan and Be Sure” voting machine campaign. Lifton has advocated that paper ballots and optical scanning machines – along with an AutoMARK system for the disabled – be selected.

“Voter confidence in the fairness and accuracy of our elections is an absolute requirement of our democracy,” Lifton said. “I’ll continue my work in the Assembly and on the Citizens’ Election Modernization Advisory Committee to give New Yorkers the best voting system available.”