State lawmakers adopted a law in 2005 to replace machines with a kind that would print out voters’ choices, so the voters could verify their selections and there would be a backup in case of a recount. But the requirement was suspended in 2009.
When voting was still in progress Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the voting machine system, calling it a “nightmare” and saying the old machines worked fine.
As many as 100,000 New Yorkers could lose their vote in the 2012 Presidential election.
More than a decade after the 2000 presidential election forced states to toss out century-old voting technology, the League of Women Voters says New York’s new machines are fine, but some improvements are needed.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said reports from the city Board of Elections also show more than 700 sites with malfunctions like paper jams or broken machines that had to be swapped.