Sample Lette r to County Legislator for Pape r Ballot Resolution
Voters want a voice in how they will be voting from 2007 onward. I urge you to support
accurate elections and pass a resolution for reliable paper ballots, counted with a precinct-
based ballot scanner.
Our county Election Commissioners should choose a voting system that provides a paper
backup marked directly by the voter. A piece of paper printed by a computerized voting
machine is an inadequate substitute for a ballot that the voters themselves marked.
We do not want to buy Version 1.0 of a computerized system, which is what DREs will be.
Public confidence in elections using touchscreen DREs will be lower. That lack of
confidence will decrease voting participation. And lack of public confidence will lead to
cynicism about our democracy.
Many communities across our country conduct successful elections with paper ballot voting.
It is time to move to a voting method that gives New Yorkers a real mechanism for verified
voting and safe, accurate recounts.
A resolution from the County Legislature lets you - my elected representative - protect my
vote. How can I make the Election Commissioners responsive to my concerns? They are not
elected but are appointed! We elected our legislators to represent our interests. And this is a
perfectly appropriate opportunity.