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Paper Ballot Optical Scan Resolutions in New York State

Working to pass resolutions at your local county level is a highly effective way to inform your local legislators about the costs and security concerns of touch screen voting machines. While non-binding, they make a strong statement to the state officials who will make decisions about what voting equipment we use in New York.

Many towns and counties in New York State have passed resolutions calling for the state to adopt paper ballot and optical scan systems as it's voting equipment, and we are working on more. We've listed these below. Concerned citizens can help by talking with your local county representatives about these issues and working to pass resolutions in their county.

We can provide you with resources, information, and help to work on resolutions in your county. For help getting a resolution passed in your town, county, or local organizations please contact us.

Optical Scan Resolutions in New York State

Tompkins County Optical Scan Resolution
In January, 2005 the Tompkins County Legislature passed a resolution calling for the state to select paper ballots and optical scanners as the voting equipment of choice for New York State, the first county in New York to do so.

Madison County Resolution

Albany County Resolution

Otsego County Resolution

New York City PBOS Resolution of March 14, 2007

Ulster County PBOS Resolution

Second Ulster County Board of Elections PBOS Resolution

The City of Beacon Resolution for Paper Ballot / Optical Scan Systems

Schoharie County Optical Scan Resolution

Putnam County Optical Scan Resolution

Town of Greenburgh Optical Scan Resolution

Village of Hastings Optical Scan Resolution

Town of Lebanon Optical Scan Resolution

The NYS Public Employee Federation (PEF) resolution "Opposing Privatizing Public Elections"[PDF document] and calling for the adoption of precinct based optically scanned paper ballots was passed overwhelmingly by over 800 delegates at the annual convention in Rochester on September 21, 2005. PEF represents 54,000 professional, scientific and technical state employees.

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