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Machine problems upset some voters

Old voting devices make a brief comeback in this year’s primaries

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:19 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

The old-fashioned lever voting machine made a comeback in Tuesday’s primary elections, replacing the electronic ones used last year.

While many Queens voters rejoiced at the return, some voters were upset with the technological relic.

Andrew Hochstadt of Forest Hills said that while he was voting the lever got stuck. He said it took two minutes for poll workers to rectify the situation.

Hochstadt, who refers to himself as a fairly tech-savvy person, said the lever machine was terrible and confusing.

“It was hard to figure out which lever went to which candidate,” he said outside of Russell Sage Middle School’s polling site. “I’m quite shocked about how bad it was, actually.”

Another voter at the same polling site said she had problems voting because her machine wasn’t set up properly.

“The machine wouldn’t let me advance my levers,” she said. “They thought it was me ... it clearly wasn’t me.”

She said it took nearly 20 minutes for her to vote.

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) reported to the Board of Elections, via Twitter, that all of the machines at one of the polling sites in her district were down.

However, some voters said they thought the lever machine is easier and not as confusing as the electronic voting machine.

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