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WNYC News

Scanners Stumble at Dozens of NYC Polling Sites

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Voters have reported problems at more than 40 different sites around New York City, mostly from malfunctioning scanning machines and confusing directions given by poll workers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lever Voting Machine Revival

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, and Martin Golden, New York State Senator (R-22), discuss the proposal in the state legislature to allow the use of old-fashioned lever machines in the case of a runoff vote in this fall's mayoral election and the opposition to this measure.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lever Machines; SCOTUS Preview; Legal Weed; Little League

Thursday, May 30, 2013

There's a proposal to bring back the old lever voting machines temporarily in New York. Hear a debate between Common Cause's Susan Lerner and Republican State Senator Martin Golden. Plus: New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, Adam Liptak, previews the cases the court has yet to rule on this term; the final installment of the Legal Weed series; WNYC's Beth Fertig on Mayor Bloomberg's small schools legacy; and a new book on a Newark little league team.

WNYC News

A Tale of Two Voting Machines

Friday, May 24, 2013

WNYC

A plan to bring back lever voting machines is picking up steam in Albany. Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would use the old machines for the upcoming primary and run-off elections in September. But that plan has a twist.

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WNYC News

Reporter’s Notebook: Election Conference Makes NY Look Old School

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WNYC

At Columbia University this week, elections experts from around the country gathered to discuss the latest techniques in voting -- early voting, online registration -- the kinds of things that make elections more modern and efficient. But in New York, officials are talking about precisely the opposite. They're talking about bringing back the old lever machines.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Post-Storm

Friday, November 02, 2012

WNYC reporters Brigid Bergin and Anna Sale report on the state of voting machines and other election day logistics in storm-damaged New York and New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

Tight Races Could Lead To Recounts

Monday, November 01, 2010

On Tuesday, voters will cast their ballots, bringing mid-term election season to a close. Unless, of course, some races are too close to call. Polls show that close Senate and gubernatorial races in Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, Alaska, Colorado, Ohio and Florida could require recounts.

It’s an anxiety-inducing thought — and could potentially leave the House and the Senate hanging in the balance while the chads (or the absentee ballots, or the broken machines) get sorted.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Basics

Monday, November 01, 2010

Julie Dent, NYC Board of Elections president, talks about what voters can expect on Tuesday. 

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WNYC News

Board of Elections, City Council Tussle Over Primary Day Voting Problems

Monday, October 04, 2010

The New York City Board of Elections felt the heat from City Council at a hearing Monday over primary day voting problems. A representative of the  board said it would use what it learned to improve the voting experience for the November 2 election.

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WNYC News

Public Advocate: Board of Elections Not Solely Responsible for Primary Day Problems

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says the city Department of Education and the Police Department share responsibility with the City Board of Elections for the widespread voting problems on Primary Day.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Issues

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall, a website and monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy, talks about the problems some voters experienced yesterday at the polls and addresses criticism of the Board of Elections.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting Vignettes

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Charles BlowNew York Times visual Op-Ed columnist; Julie Lasky, editor of the Change Observer channel at Design Observer and former editor-in-chief of I.D.; and Milton Glaser, designer of the "I [Heart] NY" logo check in throughout the day to talk about the design of the new voting system.

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It's A Free Country ®

Election Watchdogs Positioned to Record Voting Mishaps Caused By New Ballots

Monday, September 13, 2010

Voting rights advocates are poised with poll watchers, online surveys and phone hotlines to record what they think is going to be a chaotic day as New York City residents try out new electronic voting machines for the first time in the September 14 primary.

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NYC Ballot Design Could Cause Confusion

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

New York City's new paper ballot includes several trouble spots where voters could easily make mistakes, like those made by WNYC's Brian Lehrer and Azi Paybarah when they tried, according to experts in ballot design.

→ VIDEO: Hi, I'm A Paper Ballot! Watch Brian and Azi Struggle With The New Voting System

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I'm a Paper Ballot

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

When voters go to the primary polls on Tuesday, they will use New York's new paper ballots for the first time. WNYC's Brian Lehrer and Azi Paybarah recently took the new ballot for a test drive.

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Azi Paybarah

New York's Decades-Old Voting Machines Finally Dead: Get Ready for the New Paper Ballot

Friday, August 06, 2010

WNYC

Notices about how to use the new electronic voting machines are being sent out by the NYC Board of Elections. A reader who received one passed along their copy to me.

The new machines will debut this fall, when there will be lots of things on the ballot: candidates for governor, two US Senate seats, candidates for comptroller and attorney general, all 212 state legislatures and, in New York City, maybe a ballot question or two.

So, instructions on how to use the machines may be a handy thing to read.

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