Schumer Wants Simple Fix for Voter Privacy

Sunday, Dec 13, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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Schumer Wants Simple Fix for Voter Privacy

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The rules governing Illinois elections need to change.

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Despite the millions of dollars spent to replace New York's century-old voting machines, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says one critical thing is missing: a curtain.

     Reacting to complaints by voters from several counties, Schumer is asking the state Board of Elections to make sure voters have the same privacy with new optical scan machines as they had with the old, mechanical lever devices. That means making sure there's a curtain to keep anyone else from seeing a voter cast a ballot.
    
The state Board of Elections is now considering several measures to continue improving voting in preparation for the 2010 elections.
    
Some of the new machines have curtains, others partial barriers.

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