August 29, 2019
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The Honorable Carl E. Heastie
Speaker, New York State Assembly
The Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins
President, New York State Senate
Dear Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie, and Senate President Stewart-Cousins:
We are members of CCoHOPE Indivisible, a group of citizens and voters in four northern Westchester communities (Croton, Cortlandt, Ossining, and Peekskill) who hold ourselves responsible for preserving and improving a political system organized around equality, diversity, social progress and vision. We are writing you today to request an urgent review of state requirements regarding the purchase of voting machines by local jurisdictions.
In our area, the Westchester County Board of Elections is moving forward to purchase voting machines that have been the subject of serious criticism with regard to their security. Security should be among the top criteria in selecting a voting system; functionality testing is not sufficient to protect the integrity of a voter’s intent in marking a ballot.
Unfortunately, the options available to Westchester County officials are defined by the State Board of Elections, which has ruled that local jurisdictions may only purchase one of the two systems that the State Board has certified. The two certified systems both have serious security flaws that are not fully covered in the current testing process for certification.
We urge that you take immediate action to review the voting system options available to local jurisdictions so that New York taxpayers, like those of us here in Westchester County, are not forced to waste money on defective or unreliable voting systems.
/S/ Gail Sasso, CCoHOPE, Organizer
/S/ Kate Ray, Voting Reform Committee
/S/ Rob Abbot, Communication Committee
*CCoHope Indivisible is a group of citizens and voters in four northern Westchester communities (Croton, Cortlandt, Ossining, and Peekskill) who hold themselves responsible for preserving and improving a political system organized around equality, diversity, social progress and vision.