The Senate and Assembly are expected to vote as early as Thursday on legislation that would allow the city Board of Elections to use lever machines in the primary and run off elections, lawmakers said Tuesday. Modern optical scan voting machines would still be used for the general election. “We need to save the Board of Elections from itself and the City of New York from an embarrassing election process,” said Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn), a sponsor of the measure.
The legislation would also push back the date of any runoff election to three weeks after the primary, instead of two.
Gov. Cuomo, according to an administration official, has not yet decided whether to support the measure.
Election officials have been pushing for lever machines because of fears they would not be able to complete legally mandated hand recounts in time for the general election if optical scan machines were used.