The public is invited to a Free Voting Machine Fair
Thursday, November 17, 2005; 1 PM - 9 PM
Westin Convention Center Hotel
1000 Penn Avenue
(corner of 10th and Penn Avenues, Downtown)
Somerset Room, Second Floor
The November elections saw the last time Pittsburghers used the venerable lever machines after decades of service. Our county will be purchasing new machines in the next 2 months. What will replace them? Many hope that it will be a voting machine with a voter-verified paper audit trail (V-VPAT) with a routine audit. (FYI: the old lever machines did have a paper trail, but not a voter verified paper trail).
YOU have a chance today to check out several new voting machines that the county is considering and to make comments on these machines.
Why is this important?
1. Will we get machines that we can trust?
2. Will we get machines that the disabled can easily use? Or that, say, my 90-year old, never-miss-an-election grandmother can use? Or that don't intimate most people/create long lines and drive down the number of people who come out to vote to new depths of embarrassment?
As I mentioned here, B-PEP (Black Political Empowerment Project) held a press conference on Monday. I attended the conference which also included members from VotePA, Verified Voting, and other groups, as well as interested citizens. All of these groups have been working hard to ensure that Allegheny County gets the best voting machines possible. They also have gotten the hours of the fair extended from 6 PM to 9 PM.
Now all you have to do is show up!