A handful of counties in New York had some issues reporting election results when the polls closed Tuesday night. The delay in results is prompting a call for updated voting technology.
Monroe is one of the counties where there was a delay in reporting results on election night.
For the first time across the state, absentee ballots and Election Day returns were uploaded into the system at the same time.
It’s still unclear if that played a role in the temporary halting of the system from reporting the numbers in Monroe County.
What You Need To Know
- Board of Elections Commissioners call for technology upgrades
- New York State Board of Elections says it’s in the process of certifying potential voting systems submitted by three vendors
- If and when these voting systems are certified, each county in New York can choose which is best suited for their area
While an investigation is being conducted to look into the matter, early indications are that it was a connectivity bandwidth problem.
But both election commissioners say the voting equipment and software are outdated and they are calling on the state Board of Elections to sign off on new and more current voting technology.
"Every piece of equipment that we use, whether that's a voter registration system, electronics system, our voting machines, our sign-in poll pads, and our re-counters, everything that tabulates, everything that touches a ballot or a voter has to be certified by the New York State Board of Elections, so unfortunately for us here, we are waiting for them to certify new ballot readers, new voting machines, and a new electronic voter database," said Monroe County Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Lisa Nicolay.
New York State’s Board of Elections says it’s in the process of certifying potential voting systems submitted by three vendors. They include the ES&S Express Vote, which is a modernized system that offers numerous on-the-spot checks and balances. The Hart Intercivic Verity is a ballot scanning and tabulating device. It is used most often to support polling locations with voters who hand-mark paper ballots. And ImageCast X that allows all voting channels and results tabulation to take place out of a single, unified database.
If and when these voting systems are certified, each county in the state of New York can choose which is best suited for their area.
As for how long certification could take? A state Board of Elections spokesperson says months, even up to two years. The machines are currently being lab-tested.