Survey Contradicts Primary Day Complaints About New Voting Machines
By Ben Fractenberg
Two-thirds of the 700 people surveyed said they had a favorable view of the new process, according to a phone survey commissioned by the Board of Elections.
And even though there were reports of voting machines breaking down, 87 percent said they were confident their votes were counted correctly.
The poll, which cost a reported $90,000 and was conducted by Penn Schoen Berland, included only people who voted in the primary.
The survey, though, did show a sizable number of voters where unhappy with their experience, with six percent of voters saying they had "major issues" on election day.
People complained about long lines, unhelpful poll workers and, in some cases, were sent to numerous polling stations before finally cast their ballot.
There was also criticism of the new paper ballots, which some seniors said they had difficulty reading.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the introduction of the new machines a "royal screw-up" on Sept. 14. and said New Yorkers deserved better.
A bigger test for the new system will come on Nov. 2 when millions of New Yorkers cast their ballot in the general election.