Villages and school districts throughout the state are allowed to continue using the mechanical-lever voting machines for this year’s elections, according to a bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
Last year, a new voting system using paper ballots and optical scanners was implemented statewide. However, villages that run their own elections asked for more time before changing to the new system.
Most villages do not have the funds or resources to provide the new voting scanners before March 15, which is when village elections take place. Also, there are some villages unable to use the counties’ equipment without a fee.
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) required states to provide the new voting machines in federal elections and New York opted to use them for all elections as well.
Long Island lawmakers, Sen. Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, sponsored the legislation for use of the now outdated lever machines.
Without legislation, villages and school districts would have been forced to purchase or rent these devices.
The law keeps the old machines in effect until 2014.