(Rebecca Fishbein) It's been a whirlwind will-they-won't-they drama for those lever voting machines, which were cruelly kicked to the curb in 2010 in favor of "hi-tech" scanners. But, like Self Checkout, those scanners seemed designed to drive humankind to self-destruction, leaving the democracy in the dystopian hands of The Machines. So the State Legislature voted last night to allow the city to dump the new machines in favor of the old-school levers for September's elections.
Don't rejoice quite yet, since the levers probably won't be back for good. Election officials say the old machines allow votes to be counted faster, and they need them to alleviate the time constraint between the primary, runoff and general elections. But even if the machines make a glorious return for September's primary and an October runoff, we'll still have to suffer through scanner jams and error codes in November.
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