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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 3/2/2006 4:13:01 AM EDT
Now if we can get the Feds to sue NY over the AWB...

U.S. Sues N.Y. Over Voting Rights Reform

By MARC HUMBERT, Associated Press Writer Wed Mar 1, 4:23 PM ET

ALBANY, N.Y. - The federal government sued New York on Wednesday to force it to comply with a law prompted by the disputed 2000 presidential race that requires states to update their voting machines.

The lawsuit marks the first time the Justice Department has sued to enforce the election reforms. It alleges New York failed to adopt an adequate system for disabled voters and failed to create a voter registration database.

The federal government said New York has made the least progress of any state in carrying out the law's requirements. The lawsuit seeks a court order requiring the state to submit a plan for complying.

Wan Kim, assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, said the complaint "will help ensure that New York voters enjoy the benefits of these important reforms."

There was no immediate response from state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who has been negotiating with the Justice Department for weeks.

On Tuesday, the state Board of Elections said old lever-action machines would be used again for the November elections, and new machines would be in place by 2007.

Board members said new machinery would be made available for disabled voters, and a centralized voting registration list would be created by this fall's election, although not one fully compliant with federal requirements.

Justice Department officials have also been in talks with other states about their progress in meeting the requirements.

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