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Advocates push for paper ballots amid NY’s transition to touch-screen voting

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Election policy advocates and good-government groups are urging the Legislature to mandate paper ballots for New York voters as more counties plan to transition to touch-screen voting machines. The state Board of Elections certified the ExpressVote XL touch-screen machine last year, sparking concerns about election security.

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The shift to touch-screen voting, which Nassau and Suffolk counties plan to adopt next year, has raised alarms about programming errors and long voting lines. Critics highlight issues with the machines in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, though Election Systems & Software (ES&S) attributes these to human error.

Advocates are pushing for the Voting Integrity and Verification Act, which would ensure paper ballot options at polling places using touch-screen devices and prohibit barcodes on ballots. Susan Lerner of Common Cause New York emphasized that marking paper remains the most secure voting method.