Despite our love affair with the lever-operated booths of olde, New York brought state elections into the 21st century and switched in electronic voting machines back in 2010. Sorta. According to the New York Daily News, the problem then remained that while voting was happening in the present, calculating results remained stuck in the past. Specifically, “local poll workers took tabulated results that electronic voting machines produced by district for each race and added up the totals.” To remedy that counterproductive situation, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill Thursday that allows county election boards “to replace handwritten tallies of voting results with computerized, portable memory devices.” It’s still likely this year’s election will see some snafus but at least no one’s breaking out the TI-89 to decide who’s in office anymore. Hopefully.
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