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New York’s Voting Problems: Is It Possible to Be Both Nonpartisan and Competent?

Posted on September 15, 2010, 11:41 am

A royal screw up is how Mayor Michael Bloomberg characterized the roll-out of New York's new voting machines yesterday. The story this morning isn't even bigger because the Republican gubernatorial primary was a 62%-38% blowout and Representative Rangel divided and conquered a field of five challengers. Maybe yesterday's farce will serve as sufficient warning for New York to get its act together for November, in which case the episode won't have been all bad. But the early reports on what happen suggest there may be deeper institutional problems that transcend unfamiliarity with new technology.


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