BROOKLYN - Brooklyn voters filled out paper ballots and ran them through an optical scanner for the first time in decades today.

Some voters said they were frustrated when the machines did not accept their ballots. However, several volunteers were available to explain the new system.

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.

Voters to use new ballots for primaries