Albany Leaders Reluctantly Open to Lever Voting

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver aren't ruling out a plan to bring back the lever voting machines for the September New York City elections, since the Board of Elections says the new scanners can't accommodate a run-off within two weeks of a primary.

"Look, in the ideal world you would not go back to the lever machines," Gov. Cuomo told reporters in Albany. "But if you can't do it as a matter of timing, you still need to count the votes."

A bill sponsored by Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn passed in that chamber earlier this month. There's currently no companion bill in the Assembly and there is strong opposition from good government groups and disability advocates.

But Speaker Sheldon Silver said he's not ruling anything out. "We don't really want to see levered machines but we do want to see a result that is timely," he said.


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