Senate Elections Committee To Hold Albany Hearing To Review Administration Of The 2009 Elections

November 28, 2009

Hearing will focus on pilot program use of optical scan voting machines and proposals to end wasteful and expensive primary runoffs

WHEN: Monday, November 30th, 1 PM to 4 PM
WHERE: Capital Room 124 Albany, NY 12207
Monday, the Senate Elections Committee will hold a hearing to seek comment on the administration of the 2009 elections and the pilot program for new voting systems, as well as proposals to reduce unnecessary expenses and election result delays by ending primary runoff elections and replacing them with instantaneous runoff voting.
The Committee will also seek comment on legislation (S6248 Addabbo/ Perkins) intended to improve the voting process by eliminating runoff elections in New York City and elsewhere. This year, less than eight percent of registered Democrats, and less than three percent of New York City residents, voted in primary runoff elections.  The cost to taxpayers: $15 million.
Monday’s hearing will continue a series of hearings dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of voting and election administration issues. The hearings, which began in April and continued in May, June and October covered a diverse array of topics including; voter registration; voting/casting a ballot and poll-sites; and campaign finance reform. 

The hearing will be broadcast live at