Senate Passes Bills to Allow Voting by Lever

ALBANY -

The New York State Senate Monday passed two bills that would allow for the use of lever-style voting machines for all non-federal elections, including the upcoming primary, run-off and general elections this fall.

The bill would move the date for a runoff from Sept. 24 to Oct. 1 to avoid a conflict with Sukkos.

“The old saying is that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’” said Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), a co-sponsor together with Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn). “To ensure an orderly election we should allow the simple, lever-style machines to be used.”

The bills have been sent to the Assembly.