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Iowa’s election meltdown is a warning sign for New York

Last week’s Iowa primary made one thing clear: We must tread carefully when using technology to count votes. Unfortunately, it appears Albany hasn’t gotten the message: The state Board of Elections is trying to certify a voting machine called the ExpressVote XL for use in future elections, and the technology has been rife with problems. During the 2019 Northampton County, Pennsylvania judiciary race, the system miscounted thousands of ballots and raised serious concerns about the legitimacy of the election. That fiasco, as well as questions about whether the system can be hacked, has caught the eye of the state’s Senate elections committee. Sen. Zellnor Myrie of Brooklyn has asked the Board of Elections to delay certification until a public hearing about the machines is held. But at the moment, the Board is showing no sign of relenting.

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