Voting systems tested

Updated: 3/23/2005 6:06 PM

By: Capital News 9 web staff


What will the future of New York State's voting system look like?


On Wednesday, legislators and the public got a chance to "test drive" two voting systems that could be used in New York. One is the DRE system which uses touch screen technology to record votes. The other uses a combination of paper ballots and an optical scan system.


New York received a federal grant from Help America Vote Act to get its voting machines up to date. And it comes not a moment to soon -- New York is the last state to pick a new system.


The state of New York is working to get its voting system up to date, and on Wednesday two systems were tested.


Rep. Keith Wright said, "If we don't come to a resolution I would say quick, fast and in a hurry, New York is in jeopardy of forfeiting over $250 million, and New York cannot afford to forfeit any money right now. We have to act quickly to provide good voting standards for the people of New York State."


The state Senate and Assembly are currently debating over which voting system to purchase.


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