New York City achieves Help America Vote Act goal

The Times reports on New York City’s move to electronic voting machines.

The change means that New York City will finally be in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. That law was passed to avoid a repeat of the Florida debacle of 2000, which was marred by disputed ballots; it also will make it easier for disabled people to vote.

The city had been one of the last municipalities, in the last state, to select an electronic system. New York State was so slow, in fact, that the Justice Department sued the state in 2006 and threatened to take away federal money set aside for any costs associated with the transition to new technology.

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