Problems with voting machines in NYC primary

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NEW YORK (AP) - Voters in New York City's primary election today have been running into problems with the old-fashioned voting machines that were put into use -- the kind with the levers that you turn to select a candidate. The machines were brought out of retirement to replace electronic devices, which had seen their own share of problems.

At some sites today, broken machines forced voters to use pen and paper to cast their ballots.

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota presumably wrote his own name when a machine broke at his Brooklyn polling place. Democrat Anthony Weiner, whose mayoral campaign was dogged by a persistent sexting scandal, also encountered a problem when poll workers were briefly unable to find his signature.

Other candidates had no trouble voting for themselves, including Democratic front-runner Bill de Blasio, the city's liberal public advocate, who is pitching himself as the cleanest break from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration.


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