Voting machines need an immediate upgrade to optical
The lever voting machine
should become a thing of the past, the League of Women Voters of
The group makes a good point.
For voting that is accurate, easy, accountable and cost-effective, state of the art machines use optical scanners.
the way of the future, and the way the Legislature should go in deciding what
kind of voting machines ought to be used in
The Legislature has been leaning toward touch-screen voting, which the League notes can be more expensive and easier to alter.
In contrast, with optical scanners, votes are marked by hand or with an accessible ballot marking device and then inserted into an optical scanner, to be counted at the polling place at the end of the voting period.
scanners are used in 25 percent of all precincts in the
Change can't happen overnight, because it takes money and time to convert to new, high-tech machines. But as the Legislature considers alternatives to levers, it ought to be looking at optical scanners.
voter services chairwoman of the
ŠThe Saratogian 2005
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