BY Dan Nosowitz Wed Sep 15, 2010
New York State was one of several to vote today, having some of the most important primaries in the country (including the Republican governor primary, Democrat Attorney General primary, and both primaries for the seat vacated by Secretary of State Clinton, though not the most important election of the year). Unfortunately, its brand-new electronic voting system wasn’t up for the challenge.
New York is the last state in the country to embrace electronic voting machines. These aren’t particularly advanced, either; they’re merely scanned sheets similar to the Scantron system used by schools for standardized tests. But the new system still caused widespread delays, breakdowns, and complaints–bad enough for Mayor Bloomberg to call the rollout “a royal screw-up.”