ALBANY, N.Y. - This will be the first presidential election in New York State where voters will have to use the computerized voting machines introduced a couple of years ago.
Local polling places say they're ready – but are voters?
If you are like some voters, you may only head to the polls during a presidential election, which means you will be completing your ballot with a pen and scanner instead of a lever. Gone are the levers, replaced by scanners.
The process - you simply use an ink pen to fill in the circle next to the candidate you are voting for. The scanning machine will give and error sign and spit out the ballot if you double vote or mark your ballot any other way than filling in the circles.
The ballot has to be post marked for Monday or you have to just walk into your local board of elections office and pick up a ballot.
The deadline for getting that ballot back to the Board of Elections is Nov. 19th.
A big question has also been raised: What about voters displaced by sandy? And people like reservists with the National Guard who are working in the relief effort?
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order allowing voters displaced by the storm to vote using an affidavit ballot at any poll site in New York State. They'll be able to vote for president, statewide office and any legislative or local races that would also appear on the ballot in their home election district.
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Mass.: 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Vt.: 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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