NYC Board of Elections previews prototype information kiosk

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The Voting Information Center Kiosk, otherwise known as VICKi, was recently previewed at a recent Board of Elections commissioner’s meeting as a tool to make voting easier and faster.
Credit: Chester Soria/Metro

The oft-maligned New York City Board of Elections took their latest project for a spin at City Hall on Tuesday, hoping to secure almost $7 million to pay for new information kiosks to help in future elections.

The Voting Information Center Kiosk, otherwise known as VICKi, was recently previewed at a recent Board of Elections commissioner’s meeting as a tool to make voting easier and faster.

While the features may be new, the kiosks might look familiar: they would be housed in repurposed shells that previously housed the lever machines last used in the 2013 primaries.

Ideally placed at near entrances at polling sites around the city, the large, newly painted orange contraptions would allow voters to look up their election district information using a touch screen pad.

The kiosk would also work as a check-in tool for poll workers — as opposed to the current call-in system — ensuring that each site has the appropriate number of workers on site.

It would also allow site coordinators to transmit unofficial voting results to Board of Elections headquarters directly from the poll site. Currently, election night results are taken by memory sticks offsite and uploaded at the nearest police precincts.

Board of Elections Executive Director said on Tuesday that, if funded, agency could deploy 100 unites for the November elections as a pilot program. If successful, it would need $6.8 million in capital funds to build some 1,500 units.

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