After spending $90,000 on a survey about the infamous primary election snafus, the Board of Elections says that most voters walked away with a favorable view of the new voting process, which featured the debut of the electronic optical scan voting machines. Despite widespread reports of disorganized polling sites opening late and missing machines, only 6% of those surveyed reported having "major issues." Of course, as the Daily News notes, that adds up to about 20,700 of the 345,000 voters that day. And the survey only included people who actually were able to vote, not the untold number who were turned away because, for example, workers closed the polling site while waiting for new machines to arrive.
According to the poll—which, again, was paid for by the Board of Elections—70% of voters think the new machines are at least as good as the old lever system, if not better! But a solid majority object to the new machines' lack of privacy. Instead of disappearing behind a curtain to cast votes, citizens now have just cardboard blinders for protection. And in their eagerness to help voters with the scanning machines, poll workers made some voters feel exposed. 45% felt this was a serious flaw, according to the News, which obtained a copy of the survey.