Voters to use new ballots for primaries

BROOKLYN - After 80 years of voting in a curtained booth, New Yorkers will fill out paper ballots that will be run through an optical scanner.

The change was made to comply with the federal Help America VoteAct. HAVA was passed after the contested close presidential vote in2000 to make voting simpler and easier.

There will also be special machines for the disabled, hearing impaired and the blind.

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