Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, having exercised its oversight powers to hold hearings throughout the state on the transition to paper ballot based optical scan systems, as well November’s pilot program for their use in much of the state, has now secured passage of election law reforms (S8151, S8152, S8153) designed to assure that election day operations proceed smoothly and that the results of our elections are accurate and inspire the confidence of the public.
Queens NY, August 11, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, is sponsoring a series of Town Hall Meetings for Voting Machine Demonstrations around his district to help familiarize Queens voters with the introduction of the new optical scan voting machines in the primary elections next month. Admission is free.
Queens, NY, September 3, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chair of the Senate’s Elections Committee, reports that the Governor David Paterson has signed a bill, that was prime sponsored by Addabbo, which provides that “polling places, whenever practicable, shall be designated directly on a public transportation route”. The new law was signed August 30 and is effective immediately.
Queens, NY, September 15, 2010 – "As chair of the State Senate’s Elections Committee, I intend to discuss with the Board of Elections the issues and concerns expressed to me by voters and poll workers regarding the new voting machines used on Primary Day. I believe we all anticipated some issues, since these new machines were being used for the first time ever by millions of registered voters throughout New York State. Now we must find practical solutions so that our voters have an efficient and reliable General Election in November."