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NYC brings back old lever-style voting machines

Friday - 8/30/2013, 1:09pm  ET

DEEPTI HAJELA
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Voters in New York City's upcoming primary will make their choices for the city's future by going back to its past.

For the election on Sept. 10, and a possible run-off on Oct. 1, votes will be cast on old mechanical lever machines.

New York state switched to optical scanners in 2010, but logistical issues developed while preparing the scanners for the coming election. So the city's Board of Elections got permission from the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to use the lever machines.

Critics are concerned the move could cause confusion among voters and poll workers.


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