NYC mayoral primaries encounter some problems with old lever machines

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Despite spending about $95 million on electronic voting machines, the NYC Board of Elections has decided those machines would be too difficult to reprogram.

The older machines were acquired in the 1960s. In 2012 and in previous years, the new machines caused delays and were subject to breakdowns. The NYC Board of Election insists the new machines could not be reprogrammed in the three weeks between the primary and the possible run-off (which is required if no candidate receives 40 percent of the vote).

The new electronic machines are scheduled to be used in November’s General Election.

As voting drew to a close, the Board of Elections Executive Director said there were some problems, but it would not cause trouble for the counting of the ballots. A watchdog group reported taking 297 calls from voters and tracking 58 sites with machine breakdowns.

a few thousand machines were in use.

State law created the structure for the NYC Board of Elections. 10 commissioners are appointed by the Republican and Democratic parties from the boroughs.

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