In a scathing editorial, the Buffalo News takes the State to task for failing to get its act together on voting machines. The newspaper notes that the State is a year behind schedule. It also faults the State for failing to select a single type of machine for the entire state. Specifically, the paper preferes the optical scan machiness (which requires voters to fill in ovals on a ballot, much the way they would mark an SAT exam, and then feed the ballot into a scanner) to touch screens (which are more like ATMs, in which the voter makes her section by touching the screen).
We don't have a position on whether the state should have mandated one system for every county, but we will say this: we'll soon have another report out that should help election officials decide which system is best for voters.
Categories: General, Voting