By Tom Grace
Cooperstown News Bureau
On Dec. 20, New Yorkers could find out what kind of new voting machines they’re getting, and how soon they’ll be installed.
On that date, federal District Judge Gary Sharpe of the Northern District of New York is scheduled to meet with federal Department of Justice lawyers and state elections officials.
The DOJ has sued New York for taking too long to install new, handicappedaccessible voting machines and has asked Sharpe to force the state to put a ballot- making device in every polling station next year.
These devices, known by brand names such as Auto- Mark, allow disabled voters to cast ballots independently. They come equipped with puff-sip, Braille and audio accessories meant to make voting easier for people with a variety of disabilities.
And they are meant to work with optical scanners, not computerized voting machines known as DREs, which have their own handicapped- accessible features.
For about three years, advocates of scanners and DREs have been vying for New York’s market, but Sharpe may have the last word, according to Lee Daghlian, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections.
``If we have to put a ballot- marking device in every polling place, I think that would be a nail in the coffin of the DRE,’’ Daghlian said Monday.
To put an AutoMark or similar device in every polling place would cost about $50 million of the $180 million in federal aid that New York has to transition to new equipment, said Daghlian.
With ballot markers already in place in 2008, most counties would probably opt to purchase scanners to make their systems complete and compliant with the federal Help America Vote Act.
Some counties might still opt for DREs, but the playing field would be tilted toward optical scanners, and the idea of scrapping about $50 million in equipment after one election cycle seems absurd, he said.
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Week in Review: Council parts ways with city manager
This weekend feature offers a recap of the week's top local stories:
Killer David Dart to go before parole board in May
Though rejected for parole less than two months ago, convicted killer David Dart, serving 25 years to life in prison for the September 1989 knifing murder of 18-year-old Gillian Gibbons in Oneonta, will get another crack at release in May.
Developers make plans for four Southside projects
A Buffalo Wild Wings is proposed to open this year on Oneonta's Southside, which also is the site of two other pending developments, the town supervisors said Monday.
Police: Motoristfound dead
Authorities are hoping an autopsy scheduled for today will explain the mysterious death of a Schoharie County man whose body was found in his parked, running car over the weekend.
Two face charges in no-knock heroin raid
Authorities executed a no-knock search warrant at an Elm Street apartment and arrested two women on heroin possession charges, Oneonta police said Thursday.
Oneonta police: 3 youths suspected of vandalism
The city of Oneonta Police Department has identified three suspects, all younger than 16, in the damage and arson to the Doc Knapp Field on Jan. 18, according to a media release from police.
Assailant assaulted former girlfriend while their son, 7, watched, police say
William H. Danielson, now a murder defendant, allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend while she was putting their 7-year-old son into a vehicle early Friday morning, according to Chenango County law enforcement officials.
- Obama: Inequality is a major challenge
County officials object to logos on SAFE Act website
New York's new gun control law has hit another thicket of controversy, with three local sheriffs saying Monday they don't want their county's seals or logos used in a state website being designed for pistol permit recertification.
- Ithaca College student killed in Cobleskill crash
The address of a digital billboard was incorrect on a photo caption on Page 1 of Tuesday's Daily Star. The billboard is near I-88.
Rodney H. Ingalls
HARTWICK SEMINARY -- Rodney H. Ingalls died Nov. 19, 2013, at the age of 94. He lived a long and exemplary life.
- Remembering Remy in Milford
The campaign, on the St. Lawrence, from which so much has long, confidently, and reasonably expected, has ended far short of its object. ... The main army has taken post near St. Regis, for the winter; and ... the division under General Hampton is hutting on the Saranac.
Capital projects and audits and Redskins, oh my...
We are happy to report that we did indeed have a meeting with both the Superintendent of Schools and the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at CCS to discuss our questions and concerns about the proposed capital project. Plus we also had the opportunity to chat with the Business Manager regarding funding for the project. And for the most part we feel we now know more about the project although we still find ourselves musing about it.
Championship fever in Milford goes beyond Remy title
For Milford's boys, the Anton Remy Jr. Tournament title is only the beginning. "We want to win the Tri-Valley title and the Section Four title," junior point guard Will Ward said Saturday after the Wildcats took apart Franklin, 52-25, in the Remy finals.
- Much to love about walls
Volleyball team hopes to spike competition
Cooperstown has gotten used to volleyball success under Rich Jantzi, and it looks like CCS will prove themselves on the court again this year.
Wishing we would fall out of falling back
We all turned back our clocks on Sunday, Nov. 3 for Daylight Savings Time. But do you know why we do this?
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