NYC: No More Levers

New York City finally catches up with modern voting:
After years of delays and fierce lobbying, the city’s Board of Elections on Tuesday afternoon selected Election Systems and Software, an Omaha company, to provide new electronic voting machines in time for the September 2010 primary.

Voters will now be required to fill out paper ballots with ovals, similar to SAT exams, before feeding them into a fax-like scanner.

The change means that New York City will finally be in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. That law was passed to avoid a repeat of the recount debacle in Florida after the 2000 presidential election, and to help disabled people vote.

The city had been one of the last municipalities, in the last state, to refrain from picking an electronic system. Albany was so slow in selecting a system, in fact, that the Justice Department sued the state in 2006 and threatened to take away federal money set aside for any costs associated with the transition to new technology.
Exit question: will voters still be able to find a way to screw-up filling in ovals?