NY Certifies New Voting Machines for 2010 Election


voting-machineThe New York Board of Elections has certified new voting machines, in time for next fall’s elections and to avoid federal intervention. The board unanimously approved the machines by Canadian-based Dominion and Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software Tuesday, although they have some minor technical problems.The board isn’t elaborating, but officials say the problems will be resolved before 2010 elections.

The machines replace the old pull-lever systems and work by filling in “bubbles” on paper ballots, similar to a standardized test. The systems cost about $10,000 each.

If the board hadn’t certified the machines, the U.S. Department of Justice could have stepped in. New York has been years behind federal deadlines for updating voting systems.

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