Board Of Elections Proposes Rules For Minimum Number Of Voting Machines At Polling Places

The State Board of Elections proposed new regulations today setting the minimum number of voting machines at polling places. The number of machines would be based on the type of voting system used at the polling place and the number of registered voters assigned to that polling place. Under the proposed rules:

  1. For Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems there would be one voting device for every 550 registered voters (excluding voters in inactive status) at the polling place.
  2. For Precinct Based Optical Scan Voting Systems there would be one scanning device for every 4,000 registered voters (excluding voters in inactive status) at the polling place.

The regulations also provide for minimum numbers of privacy booths at polling places.

The proposed regulations are a continuing response to the 2000 presidential election and New York’s Election Reform and Modernization Act phasing out the traditional lever machines. The intent of the rules is to reduce long lines at polling places, and the proposed regulations state that County Boards of Elections shall deploy sufficient voting equipment, election workers and other resources so that voter waiting time does not exceed 30 minutes.

The Board of Elections will receive public comments on the proposed rules for 45 days.

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