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Douglas A. Kellner
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Douglas A. Kellner has served as Co-Chair of the New York State Board of Elections since 2005. Before assuming his responsibilities at the State Board of Elections, he served as commissioner of the New York City Board of Elections. He is an experienced election lawyer having served as the Co-Chair of the Law Committee of the New York Democratic Committee from 1982 to 1993. He has also served as the Chairman of the Election Law Committee of the New York County. Lawyers Association. When he was first appointed to the New York City Board, Commissioner Kellner was the very first election official to call for a voter verifiable paper audit trail for electronic voting machines, a principle now enshrined not only in New York law, but in the election codes of a majority of the states throughout the nation. While leading the opposition to unverifiable electronic machines, Commissioner Kellner was instrumental in promoting new technology for scanning absentee and provisional ballots. He drafted model procedures to open the process of canvassing ballots to public scrutiny and convinced his fellow commissioners to adopt rules that provided meaningful due process in ballot challenges. He has been an outspoken advocate for improving the voting process in New York while insisting on transparency, verifiability and uniformity in voting.
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