In last week’s New York primary election, I cast my ballot electronically for the first time using a new scanner system that replaced the old-fashioned (but totally reliable) steel lever voting booth.

It was a disaster. The scanner kept jamming, and the dozens of folks running the polling station were clueless about how to fix it. A second scanner could not be activated for some unexplained reason. There was no other backup unit on the premises, so I ended up casting an “emergency ballot” on paper that I am skeptical will ever be counted.

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