When citizens go to the polls on the next Election Day in September, they will find that the clunky old lever machines are gone and they will instead mark their votes on a paper ballot that is run through a scanner to be recorded.
It’s a new era for voting in New York City so to familiarize Queens voters with the new system, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey has arranged for the New York City Board of Elections to conduct an open public demonstration of the new system at several Queens Public Library branches over the next few weeks.
“Voters will have a new way to cast their ballot this fall and I invite everyone to stop by their local library branch to try out this new system,” said Assemblywoman Markey.
The demonstrations will take place between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. at the following locations: Wednesday, July 28, Broadway Branch Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City; Wednesday, August 18, Woodside Branch Library, 54-22 Skillman Avenue; and Wednesday, August 25, Maspeth Branch Library, 69-61 Grand Avenue.
The change is a result of the federal Help American Vote Act which mandated that voters in New York State must have new voting machines this year. The new system electronically records your vote from a paper ballot that you mark.
“Take this opportunity to see and use the new voting system that will be the new standard for all future elections in New York City, and be sure to exercise your right to vote this fall,” added Assemblywoman Markey.