New Voting Machines Are Only a Touch Away

Monday, Jan 4, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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New Voting Machines Are Only a Touch Away

Will Femia

A New York City election ballot from 2008. You may remember these candidates.

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New York City is replacing its old-fashioned lever voting machines, finally.

The Board of Elections is expected to choose new electronic voting machines on Tuesday.

Board officials say the new machines will improve the way votes are counted. They'll provide a paper trail backup for each vote. They even could speed up polling place lines.

The new machines could be in place by September.

Voters will fill out SAT-style ballots and then scan them. Some experts worry the new paper ballots might cause confusion. They say voters might fill in ovals for two candidates.

Touch screen prompts are designed to make sure voters' choices are final.

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