September 30, 2010
ensure that all voters have an opportunity to learn how to use the
new voting system, the Queens Campus of St. John’s University, in
cooperation with the New York City Board of Elections will host a
model demonstration of the new voter machines on Tuesday, October 5
from 10am-1pm in the lobby of the D’Angelo Center.
St. John’s University is hosting the voting system demonstration
as part of its annual University-wide PARTICIPATE Initiative that
seeks to promote greater civic engagement and to create better
informed and active voters within the community.
The voting system demonstration is open to the public and will
take place in the lobby of the D’Angelo Center. Participants
will have the opportunity to see how the new voting system works,
ask questions and practice voting with a paper ballot.
“Knowing that many college students may not have voted since the
2008 Presidential Election or that many are first-time voters, the
University wants to ensure that the Queens Campus and local
community are aware of the new voting system” said Brian Browne,
Assistant Vice President of Government Relations at St. John’s.
“The Board of Elections already helped us sponsor the same
demonstration at our Staten Island Campus and we are happy to now
bring this opportunity to Queens.
New York City’s new voting system uses an optical scanner to
read marked paper ballots and tally the results at the poll site on
Election Night. This system also includes a ballot marking device
(BMD), which is an electronic device that assists voters in marking
a paper ballot on Election Day. The BMD allows all voters,
including voters with disabilities, to vote privately and
independently at their poll site.
This system is being implemented in compliance with the Help
America Vote Act (HAVA), passed in October 2002 by Congress, which
requires a voting system that produces a permanent, verifiable
paper record. The lever machines previously used in New York
City did not comply with this requirement. The new voting system
made its debut during the recent Primary Day Election and will be
used during the upcoming General Election on November 2,
For more information contact Brian Browne, Assistant Vice
President of Government Relations by calling (718) 990-2762.
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Vice President for Media Relations by calling (718) 990-6185 or
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