Federal legislation called the “Help America Vote Act” or HAVA requires that Boards of Elections across New York State jettison the traditional mechanical lever machines. To replace them, the State has now moved to optical scan electronic voting machines. The last election in New Rochelle with lever voting machines was the June 22nd special election for County Legislator District 10 (Varian v. Marcotte).
There will be entirely new voting procedures
The new optical scan electronic voting machines arrived in Westchester County. Voters will start using them in the September primaries.
To prepare voters, Board of Elections Commissioners Reginald LaFayette and Carolee Sunderland have launched a voter outreach drive to increase awareness of the new machines and allow voters to see them – up close and personal.
“County residents will find new voting machines at their polling places with the upcoming elections and we want them to feel as comfortable as possible with the process,” said Sunderland.
Regional forums will be held:
Tuesday, July 20 – 6:00–8:00 p.m. – Grinton Will Library, Yonkers
Thursday, July 22 & Sept. 9–7:00–9:00 p.m. -Westchester County Center, White Plains
Sunday, Oct. 3 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Westchester County Center, White Plains
Thursday, July 29 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Fox Lane High School, Bedford
For more information, call the Board of Elections at 995-5700 or access their website at westchestergov.com/BOE
NOTE: County Legislator Jim Maisano has asked for a voting machine forum in New Rochelle. We will update this post and make a separate announcement when that forum is scheduled.