Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Norco Exec Stoffa: Lever Voting Machines are Back!

In a press conference held late this afternoon, Northampton County Exec. John Stoffa announced that this November's election will be conducted with the county's 267 lever machines.

Pennsylvania Elections Commissioner Harry VanSickle previously had advised the county that "while lever machines are not HAVA compliant, there would be no prohibition on using them in this 2007 municipal election."

Stoffa's decision comes fast on the tracks of a Department of State decision, made earlier today, to suspend the use of Advanced Voting Solutions equipment in Pennsylvania. Secretary of State Pedro Cortes made this statement. "Given the fact that there is no way for the Department to predict when the federal examination and approval process will be completed, I have no choice but to suspend the use of Advanced's electronic voting system in the Commonwealth for the upcoming November 6 election. Doing so now will provide the affected counties - Lackawanna, Northampton and Wayne - the necessary time to consider and implement and alternative voting system solution."

Old Faithful is back.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lucky bastards.

A.J. Cordi said...

Nice!

Now if we could only get rid of the casino projects...

Anonymous said...

At least someone in county government had the common sense to keep the old voting machines. I don't know what the other counties are going to do. I still trust the old lever machines to do the job right.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 9:48,

Stoffa had been pressured to get rid of the lever machines, but decided against it. He decided to hold onto them because of the litigation challenging the certification of AVS machines and because the citizen advisory panel had raised enough questions about them to make one pause before deciding finally to relinquishe the lever machines. It was sound thinking, a good call.

Anonymous said...

what a waste of money! again!! should have stayed with old ones in the first place .now everyone will be happy they can vote the old way using the good old lever machines. it's just ashame we couldn't move forward with having the touchscreen machines. seems like a step backward to me how unfortunate.

Larry Kisslinger said...

welcome back Mr. Lever! ever hear the one about "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" BTW election commission upon advice of County employee Howard Erney and Registrar Richard Benner always purchased lever machines from others who abandoned them so could easily always have spare parts is my understanding. common sense wins again! larry@kisslinger.com

Anonymous said...

larry for president!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

larry throw your hat in run for county executive you have my vote.

river said...

I want Larry to run too!!!

river said...

It is a shame that counties that were forced to purchase these new machines now cannot even get them certified because of some bickering by two for profit companies that could care less about the voter. Its like buying a new car and taking it back to the dealer for service and as soon as you pull in the lot the dealership closes its doors and turning out the lights acting like they are closed, yet there is a guy still peeking out the window looking to see if you are still there.

river said...

It is a shame that counties that were forced to purchase these new machines now cannot even get them certified because of some bickering by two for profit companies that could care less about the voter. Its like buying a new car and taking it back to the dealer for service and as soon as you pull in the lot the dealership closes its doors and turning out the lights acting like they are closed, yet there is a guy still peeking out the window looking to see if you are still there.