ALBANY, N.Y. (1010 WINS / WCBS 880 / AP) — A state assemblyman says the type will be so small on statewide primary ballots next week that the New York City Board of Elections will need magnifying glasses at polling places.

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Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, one of five Democrats running for attorney general, is asking the Justice Department to observe voting and for city election officials to add staff to help voters deal with the small print.

“It is the technology which has driven the smaller ballot.  It’s the smaller ballot that means…smaller typeface.  It’s the smaller typeface you can’t read. ‘Bang’ in America, we’re handing out magnifying glasses on election day,” Brodsky said.

Brodsky says the smaller type combined with reduced staffing at city polling places and confusion over the new voting machines will could overwhelm and disenfranchise voters, 1010 WINS’ Senior Correspondent Stan Brooks reported.

“This is America. The right to vote is the heart of what we fight and die for,” Brodsky told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.

“They do not have the staff to sit in the polling places and assist people with this new complicated computerized voting machine, Brodsky said.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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