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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-08 05:02 PM
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Even NY's Blind Governor (like most others) Doesn't Use Accessible Ballot Marker. Votes on Levers.
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I would have thought the few advocates of computerized vote counting would have gotten out their base to make it look like these machines are welcomed, despite being a terrible idea.

Perhaps NYVV should do a GOTLUV (Get Out The Likely Unverified Vote) campaign.


Few votes for new machines at polls

Devices that ease access for those with disabilities saw little use Tuesday

First published: Thursday, September 11, 2008


Gov. David Paterson, the state's first legally blind governor, did not use the ballot-marking device. Instead, Paterson entered a traditional lever-action voting booth in Harlem on Tuesday and logged his vote with the help of an aide, as he has done for years, spokesman Errol Cockfield said.

Anecdotal evidence from around the Capital Region suggests that the new machines, meant to allow disabled voters to vote without assistance, also were not widely used.

In Rensselaer County, the unofficial total of ballots cast with the devices was four, elections officials said. Saratoga, Albany and Schenectady counties did not have tallies, but few expected to see much use.

"There was a lot of interest in kicking the tires," said Brian Quail, Schenectady County's Democratic elections commissioner, "but not a lot of interest in taking it for a test drive."

He said the 65 marking devices went unused in "many, if not most," polling places.

Voting machines for disabled went unused in primary

Not one of the new machines intended to make voting more accessible to those with disabilities was used in Tuesdays primary balloting.

replied Catherine A. Dumka, deputy Republican elections commissioner, when asked today if any of the ballot marking devices were used, Non-disabled voters cast tallies on the traditional lever-style machine as usual.

Absentee ballots are also available to disabled voters, and many disabled persons have chosen to use them in the past.


The county ordered 130 of the new machines earlier this year to have at least one in every polling place. There are about 123 voting locations because multiple election districts vote at the same site in some instances.

The machines cost about $11,500 each, with the federal government picking up 95 percent of the cost.

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