More than 200 new electronic voting machines in Nassau County jammed on Election Day, forcing voters to cast some 20,000 paper ballots and delaying final tabulations in some close races, election officials said. About 4 percent of the 463,000 Nassau voters who went to the polls Tuesday had to place paper ballots into emergency ballot boxes when the machines malfunctioned, said Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner William Biamonte. In 2010 and 2011, such breakdowns affected less than 1 percent of voters, he said. Similar problems were reported in New York City. Suffolk Republican Deputy Elections Commissioner Bill Ellis said the county experienced only minor issues “that were easily corrected.” Suffolk uses a different vendor than Nassau and the city.
“This level of failure is unacceptable,” Biamonte said. “Going forward, we are going to have to take a second look at this contract.”
Nassau’s vendor acknowledged the problems, but said a small percentage of jams were not uncommon during high turnout elections.
“We are working now to determine the exact nature, extent and cause of these reports and will work with our customer to correct any identified issues,” said Kathy Rogers, spokeswoman for Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb. “We are confident that every voter was able to correctly and accurately cast their ballot and that each of those ballots will be counted.”
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