Legislation Extends Deadline for Villages to Transition to New Voting Machines

February 23, 2011

Glen Cove New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine has co-sponsored legislation that will allow for the optional and temporary use of lever voting machines by villages which independently administer their own elections through Dec. 31, 2012. Although current law requires the use of electronic voting machines, they are not yet available for many villages.

School districts are already authorized to use the lever machines through the end of 2012, and villages should be afforded the same convenience. There is a need to sanction the use of mechanical lever machines so that villages have several acceptable options as they transition to HAVA-compliant or optical voting machines.

Im committed to ensuring that New Yorkers remain confident in the democratic process. This common sense legislation is critical for the continued efficiency of local elections until localities can transition to electronic voting machines. Lavine said.