Feds Sue New York Over Voting

Those clunky old lever machines you cast your ballot on last November could end up costing the Empire State a pretty penny: The Justice Department today sued New York for failing to comply with the Help America Vote Act, which required states that accepted federal money to set up a database of voters and select new voting machines that produce a paper record and are accessible to the disabled. New York has done neither. It already blew the January 1 deadline for the database and is headed toward flubbing the requirement to get the new machines in place by the September 2006 primary. As the Voice reported last year, the governor and state Board of Elections are getting plenty of blame, but the legislature also took a very long time to get its act together on this.


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