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Letter: Electronic voting and accuracy

I suspect that most of those at polling places on Election Day did not say to themselves that they were proud to exercise their right to vote ["Election 2013," News, Nov. 6]. Instead, they asked themselves, "Why did they fix something that wasn't broken?"

If they thought more about it, they probably questioned why their tax dollars were used in an expensive boondoggle to equip thousands of polling places with electronic voting gear that is unwieldy and prone to failure.

My ballot was rejected for no apparent reason before the machine grudgingly accepted it after several attempts. The lever machines were pretty much foolproof and worked forever.

Was all of this necessary because of hanging chads in Florida? I think not. Someone is getting rich off this nonsense, and as usual we are paying the bill.

Robert Boyce, Hauppauge

I am surprised to see East Williston Village Mayor David E. Tanner say we should bring back the lever voting machines for local elections ["Lever voting is way to go," Opinion, Nov. 4].

While the lever machines bring back fond voting memories, with the curtains closing magically behind me and reinforcing the importance of doing my civic duty, they are not a practical solution.

These machines are used only in emergencies because replacement parts are not being manufactured. Or did Albany sell us a bill of goods in 2010, when the state passed legislation requiring electronic voting machines for all elections?

Rudy Rosenberg II, Carle Place

Dead people remain registered

The news story "Deceased voters stay on the rolls" [Oct. 31] should open up the debate on the use of photo ID for all voters. Why not? We must use our photo ID for many other purposes.

The requirement to show a photo ID should also be extended to credit-card purchases over a certain amount in all stores.

Robert Carciello, Medford

I now can understand why many Democrats are so against voter IDs at polling places. After all, it must be awfully hard for dead people to leave the cemetery and go get one.

Kevin J. Mullen, Holtsville

Two presidential elections, 2008 and 2012, were riddled with accusations of voter fraud. We are approaching the midterm congressional elections and the 2016 presidential election, yet nothing has been done by the administration to assure that a fraud-free process is in place.

Being a senior citizen, I've had many doctors ask me for a photo ID to make sure that I am not going to defraud the government. It's nice to know that the government is concerned about our colonoscopies. Now, if they would only show as much concern over fair elections.

Kevin D. Glynn, Rockville Centre

Insulting swipe at insurance agents

Recently, I received a campaign mailer attacking William Lindsay III because he makes a living selling insurance ["Suffolk Legislature: Democrats hold on to their majority," News, Nov. 6]. As an insurance agent, I was insulted by the allegation that insurance salespeople are less than honorable, hardworking professionals.

The flier suggested that insurance agents were nowhere to be found when superstorm Sandy hit. This is not true. While out-of-town Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives and adjusters came and went, professional, independent insurance agents were here all along. We played a critical role in helping our fellow residents file claims, get back on their feet and return to as much normalcy as possible, as quickly as possible.

Alan Plafker, Manhasset

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State, a trade association.

Energy tax was Suozzi's downfall

Thomas Suozzi and his energy tax are gone for good ["Mangano wins 2nd term," News, Nov. 6]. This appears to be the most unpopular tax ever levied upon homeowners, as it cost him his political career.

If we can get together and apply the same anti-tax logic to the election of 2014, we may be able to save this country for the next generation.

Richard Stallone, Franklin Square

Doubt that casinos will pay for schools

The TV ads for Proposition 1 said the building of casinos in New York would create jobs, and the revenue generated would be used for education ["Casinos in the lead," News, Nov. 6].

I can see the creation of jobs, but I doubt that the revenue will be used for education. This is the same promise used to pass a measure for the New York Lottery. If the revenue from the lottery is being used for education, why are Long Island's school taxes so obscenely high?

Douglass Robinson, Levittown