NORWICH – Chenango County elections inspectors have been “double reminded” of their marching orders for operating the county’s new voting machines tomorrow, said Board of Elections Commissioner Harriet Jenkins.
The slight glitch that occurred in the primaries in September shouldn’t happen again.
“It wasn’t even a glitch,” Jenkins explained. “They just forgot to close the machine, which delayed tallying of results.”
Primary day was the first time New York’s new voting system was in use statewide. Rather than use mechanical-lever machines, all voters filled out paper ballots and fed them into scanners. People with disabilities and any other voters can use the machines that mark ballots for them.
Following the primaries, the state comptroller’s office found 44 of 57 county boards of election outside New York City had problems with the new voting system of paper ballots and scanners.
Elections officials at the poll in Otselic failed to complete a process, which kept the machine from producing a memory card, which county elections officials needed.
The Chenango County Board of Elections completed all testing, called docking, two weeks ago. The process took two to three days and involved checking every possible way to mark a ballot to make sure the machine is counting them.