What’s Old Is New For State’s Lever Voting Machines


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 Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, sponsored the legislation for use of the now outdated lever machines.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.


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  1. Spend another six trillion of the taxpayers money and set up voting receptors on the moon, staffed by another perpetually transported 500,000 “civil servants.”

  2. As if they can’t borrow the machines from the town or county they’re in. I mean, it’s not like those things are in use! Even the special elections take extreme pains to avoid coinciding with school elections.

    All this does is protect the ongoing fraud in the corrupt districts.

  3. The scanner machines can be (and have been) manipulated. Votes get dumped. If you think being able to fix elections isn’t why we have these now, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Of course the JN has done nothing- no reporting, no investigation- on this.

    Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, brennancenter.org Lots of stuff. Including 60,000 votes not being counted in NYS in 2010. and Westchester County ignoring requests for info when this was being checked.