New Yorkers Throwing Their Vote Away With New Machines

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – As many as 100,000 New Yorkers could lose their vote in the 2012 Presidential election.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story

It was never an issue with those good old manual machines.

“When he had lever machines, it was impossible to over-vote,” said Larry Norden with New York University‘s Brennan Center for Justice.

But in the 2010 election, Norden says 60,000 votes didn’t count in New York because people voted for too many candidates.

“Our ballet design is very confusing,” Norden told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

That’s part of the problem.

Norden also says the message that warns you your vote won’t count really doesn’t get the message across.

“The green button with the check mark is a signal for something good and a way to have your vote counted and in fact for voters who pressed that button they actually lost their votes,” said Norden.

It’s the red button that lets you go back and fix your ballot.

That state has agreed to try to fix those issues in time for the 2012 election.

Brennan says if that doesn’t happen, up 100,000 New Yorkers could lose their votes at the ballot box.

Do you have a complaint about New York’s voting machines? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • DanTe

    Lib T A R Ds always have a problem doing anything, don’t they? First, they can’t even punch a hole in a paper right. Now they are stating that they are too stupid to fill in a circle ONCE. And it’s always someone else’ fault.

  • Skipper NJ

    If you read up on electorial votes you will find that alot of votes in many states Don`t count People please read this.

  • Jimmy

    The new voting contraption is a joke that I’m sure someone got a big money to produce. I realized this was a problem the minute I looked at a ballot and saw that it wouldn’t stop you from choosing too many candidates. I mentioned this to the old fogies running the polling place but it just befuddled them.

  • Jean

    I have a bachelor’s dgree from a well-respected university. Meanwhile, I took the 6-hour class to be a voting inspector and even after that I was completely confused. No one really explains anything to you. They hand you a useless sample ballot and expect you to stand there and study it until you get it. If you needed help, they had the helper recite an oath that would rival the President’s. I saw people get so fed up, they just left. I loved the old machines. Like they say, the more they improve things, the worse they get

    • Steven

      I reviewed the sample ballot, made my choice, pushed the button, exited the booth. Easy. No one explained anything to me, no confusion. I wouldn’t blame the voter machine, I would blame the voter.

  • Steven

    If you can’t follow directions, you SHOULD lose your vote. I had no issues with the new machines. Actually, the voting process should begin prior to walkiing to the machine. Isn’t there a sample ballot? Don’t you already know who you will vote for before walking in? Why the confusion. The green button tells me to PROCEED with the vote process. Red would mean STOP, If you checked off the wrong person, that means you weren’t paying attention. Stop blaming the machines, start blaming the person doing the voting.

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