The old-fashioned, curtained voting booths with levers — used since the 1960s — are gone, replaced by tables where people fill in ovals on paper ballots, which they scan into electronic voting machines.
New York City, one of the last places to catch up with the federally required Help America Vote Act — enacted after Florida’s chaotic recount in the 2000 presidential election — has finally joined the modern age of voting. How many will cast ballots is another question: Experts predict 14 percent of Dems and 23 percent of GOPers to vote. Whether the new machines will pose predicted technical problems remains to be seen.
Most pundits have been tracking the race for state attorney genera. Five Dems are vying for the job that took on a “Sheriff of Wall Street” sheen under Eliot Spitzer. With AG Andrew Cuomo likely to follow Spitzer into the governorship, it’s become a pipeline to higher office.
A Siena poll on Saturday found State Sen. Eric Schneiderman leading Nassau Count DA Kathleen Rice, 25 to 23 percent for the AG’s office. Other candidates — Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, former federal prosecutor Sean Coffey and Eric Dinallo, who worked under?Spitzer when he was AG?— trailed. The race was anyone’s guess: 29 percent were undecided.