New York City is hauling out pull-lever voting machines to use in Tuesday’s closely watched primary elections for mayor and other city seats because electronic systems acquired in 2010 for $95 million have not been reliable, The New York Times reported.
The newspaper said 5,100 of the “battleship gray” machines from the 1960s are being prepped for action.
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Lawmakers in Albany approved their use in the primaries and any ensuing runoff after difficulty with the electronic system wreaked havoc during the 2012 elections, The New York Times reported.
But the New York Legislature ordered the city to have the electronic version ready for the general election in November.
Michael J. Ryan, the recently appointed executive director of the city’s Board of Elections, said the old machines have been tested and should function correctly.
“It’s the only solution,” he said, according to The Times.
Recent polls show Democrat Bill de Blasio leading the pack of likely candidates to replace longtime Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, with high-profile contenders Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker, and former Rep. Anthony Weiner lagging far behind.