Lessons learned from new voting machines
Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:00:46 GMT —
Some lessons were learned Primary Day and some changes will be made so that Election Day can go more smoothly. One of the issues in Onondaga County, is that some polling locations did not have enough paper ballots, one actually ran out. Elections officials say more will be printed for November.
Another issue that came up Tuesday, and why more paper was needed, is that some voters made mistakes. According to state law, voters have three opportunities to vote on the optical scan machines, and then they don't get another ballot.
If you vote for too many candidates for one office, that race won't count, all other races will count.
"If you over voted for one contest, every other contest would count" says Elections Commissioner Helen Kiggins Walsh. "And if you voted for the same candidate twice, like if someone's on the democrat and working families line, the machine knows enough to just count the democratic line and won't treat that as an over vote."
Kiggins Walsh also says they will be talking to elections inspectors for November, making sure voters get enough privacy. With this new system, there's no curtain anymore, voters fill in their ballots in a booth, then scan the ballot.