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Report: NY State Voting Machines Really Suck (Mother Jones)
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Report: NY State Voting Machines Really Suck
By Siddhartha Mahanta
Wed Dec. 7, 2011 6:30 AM PST

All is not well with the state of New York's voting machines, according to a recent study by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice:

As many as 60,000 of the votes cast in New York State elections last year were voided because people unintentionally cast their ballots for more than one candidateThe excess-voting was highest in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods, including two Bronx election districts where 40 percent of the votes for governor were disqualified.

The studyblamed software used with new electronic optical-scan voting machines as well as ambiguous instructions for disenfranchising tens of thousands of voters. The old mechanical lever-operated machines did not allow votes for more than one candidate for the same office... (T)he authors estimate that more than 100,000 votes could be disqualified in next years presidential balloting, since more people will vote in the national election.

As the Brennan Center, NAACP New York State Conference, and other civil rights and good government groups argue, the New York machines failed to meet the protection standards put in place by 2002's Help America Vote Act that include providing voters with clear instructions on how to make sure their vote was processed.
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  -Report: NY State Voting Machines Really Suck (Mother Jones) Bill Bored  Dec-08-11 06:52 PM   #0 
  - The machines we used clearly indicated when there was an overvote and...  TreasonousBastard   Dec-08-11 07:18 PM   #1 
  - Wrong as usual. Lever machines are routinely used in some local elections, per NY State Law.  Bill Bored   Dec-08-11 07:37 PM   #2 
     - Which ones? All the EDs I know of were ordered to junk the lever machines...  TreasonousBastard   Dec-08-11 09:47 PM   #3 
        - I think you need to read more about this.  Bill Bored   Dec-09-11 12:01 AM   #4 
           - Since I actually worked with this stuff, I need a lot less education than you think...  TreasonousBastard   Dec-09-11 12:36 AM   #5 
              - Cite the case please. Tell me who got a 100% hand count in a Congressional election in NY.  Bill Bored   Dec-09-11 01:15 AM   #7 
              - I never said it was a 100% hand count. Do you have any idea what that would cost? But, we...  TreasonousBastard   Dec-09-11 02:31 AM   #8 
                 - Oh, I see. So what percentage of the ballots were actually counted by hand then?  Bill Bored   Dec-09-11 02:55 AM   #9 
              - So it's the BoE's Fault?  Wilms   Dec-09-11 04:41 AM   #10 
                 - See post #7  Bill Bored   Dec-09-11 02:16 PM   #11 
  - I hate the new machines too  zalinda   Dec-09-11 01:05 AM   #6 
  - nvm  johnb72341js   Dec-24-11 02:48 AM   #12 

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