Machine Or Paper?
Posted by: Stefan Mychajliw, Reporter
Created: 8/25/2005 10:28:34 PM
Updated: 8/26/2005 11:43:49 AM
Because of budget cuts, there aren't enough Erie County Board of Elections workers to set up voting machines for people who want to vote in the September Primary.
The Erie County B.O.E. requested an additional $500,000 in funding to hire more workers, a request that has not been approved by the Erie County Legislature.
Some eligible voters will have to vote using paper ballots, similar to absentee ballots.
The Board of Elections released a tentative plan on which municipalities will vote using paper or machines.
All voters in the City of Buffalo will be using machines. That's because a big turnout is expected in Democratic Primary for Buffalo Mayor.
14 towns are scheduled to vote using paper ballots. They are:
Erie County Board of Elections staffers picked towns for paper ballots based on estimated turnouts for respective Primary races.
"One of the considerations that the Board has taken into account in arriving at which towns which paper and which towns get machines is trying to project which towns appear to have heavier turnout primaries as opposed to lighter turnout primaries," said Democratic Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Dennis Ryan. "And that was one of the major factors in arriving at the towns that are on the machine list as opposed to paper."
The Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th.
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