Review: Privacy issues, lateness marred NY primary

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Posted: Oct 19, 2010 11:28 AM
Review: Privacy issues, lateness marred NY primary

A state review of new voting machines used for the first time in New York City last month shows numerous problems ranging from lack of privacy to polling sites opening late in all five boroughs.

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says reports from the city Board of Elections also show more than 700 sites with malfunctions, such as paper jams and broken machines that had to be swapped. It also found untrained workers and voters who had difficulty reading the small print on ballots.

The city has more than 1,350 polling sites. The new machines replaced an 80-year-old mechanical lever system. They resemble ATMs and optically read paper ballots that voters feed in after marking them by pen.

DiNapoli reported earlier this month there were also problems in many counties outside the city.