Saturday, October 25th, 2008 | Author:

Oct 26th update: I just heard from a friend who is a “trained election inspector” and she said this:

You do not have to vote on the new machines for this election. The old machines will be operational. Those that are disabled and need to use the machines are asked to use the new machines, however, it could take you up to 30 minutes to use it. Next year the new machines will be the only way you can cast a ballot and it will not take as long as this year, as the ballots will be preprinted for us for 2009 election. I would recommend anyone that has questions they contact the Board of Elections.

What a relief! I’ve got a whole year to figure this thing out!


If you live in New York State, I strongly recommend that you visit the Vote NY website soon – sooner, if you’re a technophobe like me.

At this link, you can enter the county where you live, and it will show you the type of voting machine you will use. My husband and I just watched the video that explains how to use it, and I’m more confused than when we started.

Maybe if I watch the video every day between now and the election, I’ll be able to vote.

I don’t know what my poor mother will do. She has trouble using her cell phone.

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3 Responses
  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Hmm. Interesting.

    I checked it out for my county, but I have NEVER seen those kind of voting machines in use where our polls are. It’s the old-fashioned lever-swingy-thingy. I guess it’s a whole lot better than those UFO devices!

  2. threecollie says:

    I watched the video and my reaction was W?HAT!! How on earth can anyone vote with such a complicated thing? And who invented it anyhow? Thanks for the heads up.

  3. akaGaGa says:

    Now I’m hearing that those machines are only for handicapped people that need them. Next year, we’ll put our X on a paper ballot, and stuff it into the machine.

    I can probably handle that.