Friday, February 27, 2009

Citizen Advisory Board Proposed to BOE

The Voting Integrity Project
A public interest initiative of The Peacemakers of Schoharie County
Po Box 214, Cobleskill, NY 12043

2 January 2009

Schoharie County Board of Elections
PO Box 99
Schoharie, NY 12157

Commissioners Wilson, Hay,
Snowdon and Davies-Griffin

Last month representatives of the Peacemakers Voting Integrity Project met with the Board of Supervisors Rules & Legislation Committee to introduce a proposal for increased citizen participation in election administration and cooperation with the Board of Supervisors.

Specifically we suggested creation of a Citizens Advisory Board for Election Administration (CABEA) which would cooperate with the Rules & Legislation Committee and the Board of Elections.

The Rules & Legislation Committee agreed that the next step must include discussions with Board of Elections representatives and suggested this take place at a subsequent committee meeting. Chairman Brandow has indicated he will schedule that meeting after consultation with your office.

For your interest we have enclosed copies of our communications with the Rules & Legislation Committee which introduce the CABEA concept. Please note the concept and the suggested areas of cooperation are most certainly a work in progress which will require your input to produce a viable end product. I encourage you to contribute your expertise to the development of this idea.

As always we are available at your convenience to discuss this proposal. Please feel free to contact us at 518-287-1463 or .

For the Voting Integrity Project

Wayne Stinson, Coordinator

CC: Rules & Legislation Committee

Enclosures: R&L Comm. Ltr., To Begin The Conversation, Democracy in Election Administration.

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