Westchester Democratic chair: Paper ballots are ‘best method’ for counting votes

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The chaotic Iowa Caucus has many voters wondering if Westchester is prepared for upcoming elections.

Iowa Democratic officials blamed the delayed caucus results on problems with a new smartphone app, which was designed to collect the results and disperse them more quickly.

Westchester County Democratic Chairman Reggie Lafayette says the county passed on using a similar technology that failed in Iowa. He said it would have cost $100,000 to buy or $30,000 to rent during the election.

“For the Democratic Party locally in Westchester, we don't have that type of money to lay out," says Lafayette.

With the New York presidential primary coming up in April and local primaries in June, Lafayette says the county will continue to use a system that relies more on paper and less on high-tech means.

Lafayette says the methodology may seem slow but, “it's the best method to have if you're ever challenged in court."

 

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