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Are the new voting machines an improvement over the old ones?

Yes 41% 165 votes
No 58% 235 votes
Total Votes: 400

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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November 3, 2010
5:16 a.m.

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airedale1950 ( airedale1950 ) says...

The new ones seem inefficient and cumbersome at best during the actual voting process, but one can understand the vote data being easier and more accurate to tally. Probably, at this stage of the game, the new machines make it harder to cheat as well, but as we all know....cheats and politicians are resourceful, and will come up with new ways to beat new technology in record time.

Result...huge new expense up front...same result down the road....the old ones were already paid for, so they should have just figured an economical way to make the old machines more secure.

November 3, 2010
6:38 a.m.

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mark2354 ( mark2354 ) says...

Hard to believe with all the technology, thats the best system we could come up with

November 3, 2010
9:44 a.m.

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howieonline ( howieonline ) says...

Again the State wasting our money. WAY TO GO NEW YORKERS. DIDN'T VOTE THEM OUT AND NOW WE LIVE WITH IT AGAIN...

November 3, 2010
10:57 a.m.

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robbump ( robbump ) says...

I read so often about the old machines being 50 (or so) years old, so needed to be replaced. However, these machines were not like some piece of factory machinery, being cycled 24/7 ... they saw use of only 4 times a year.

Using "mark-sense" or "ocr" technology and a proven "audit trail" ... I think these machines WERE the best thing we could come up with. Would anyone have preferred waiting in line 40 minutes while granny stood in the voting booth, befuddled at the screen and the buttons? No. The ballot was easy to understand and operation of the machine required no more knowledge than buying a soda from a vending machine using paper currency; in fact less since the ballot could be inserted in any direction.

November 3, 2010
11:09 a.m.

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jomary52 ( jomary52 ) says...

The machine rejected my ballot because it says I over-voted for Comptroller. I checked my ballot for any errors and there were none. It was again rejected. Makes me wonder if my vote even counted.

November 3, 2010
11:16 a.m.

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MDogsMom ( MDogsMom ) says...

I had no problems because I had done my homework and had used them in the school budget vote. But, I saw several seniors at my polling place having problems both reading the small print and filling in the ovals correctly. It will be interesting to see if many of them don't vote in the next elections.

November 3, 2010
11:59 a.m.

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nygirl61 ( nygirl61 ) says...

I had no problems because I had voted in the primary when there were fewer people and I could study the form at my leisure. Don't know if I like the new method or not, but didn't notice anyone having any difficulties... there were plenty of workers floating around ready and willing to help. It did feel more private though and I felt I wasn't rushed like I did in the old machines with a line of people behind me. There were many "booths" available and I didn't notice anyone waiting.

November 4, 2010
7:20 a.m.

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fireone2 ( fireone2 ) says...

what happened to the electronic age-and not killing anymore trees!! not very private way to vote, dividers that only 1 1/2 foot tall and guy standing at scanner watching you feed in your paper vote. Bring your glasses for the small print!!

November 4, 2010
10:33 a.m.

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robbump ( robbump ) says...

fireone2: I try to be "green", but I'd rather sacrifice those trees to know that it some glitch happened that the elections board could still reconstruct what the votes had been, rather than my e-ballot (and vote) lost forever. As for the scanner, and the attendant seeing your ballot, my understanding is that you can place the ballot into the scanner face down.

November 4, 2010
10:56 a.m.

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smallvoice ( smallvoice ) says...

There's no confirmation that the machine saw my choices and registered them correctly.

Yes, I filled in the circles. Yes, the machine accepted my piece of paper and I saw the message that my vote had been counted. But there is still no final verification that the machine sees my choices.

November 5, 2010
5:32 a.m.

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airedale1950 ( airedale1950 ) says...

fireone2...do you really think that Lady or guy standing there at the machine :
1) cared who you voted for?
2)jotted down your choices after you cast your vote and your license plate number as you left?
3)had time to check and read each (or any) of your choices?
4)works for the mob, or the 'machine' or the Gestapo , Communist party or the Taliban?

Worry about the cost of electricity or fuel oil instead...at least those are real concerns for the individual.

November 5, 2010
7:25 a.m.

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fireone2 ( fireone2 ) says...

look at the poll numbers- think there is some concerns!!

November 5, 2010
3:48 p.m.

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airedale1950 ( airedale1950 ) says...

What poll numbers?
How are poll numbers impacted by the possibility that the monitor at the polling location may...or..... may not have....gotten a glimpse of your ballot before it was swallowed by the big bad computer machine?

November 5, 2010
4:30 p.m.

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mhowie ( mhowie ) says...

@howieonline: The new voting machines were required by a federal mandate. The state was only following orders, so to speak, by replacing the old machines with these new ones.

November 5, 2010
8:01 p.m.

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gjerome ( gjerome ) says...

It Is Ok less of a wait. Some People Tend To Take,A long Time,IN voting Booths.This Eliminates,That.

 

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