There has been some questions today about the type of pens that are used to fill out the paper ballots.
In Rochester, there was at least one complaint about the use of Sharpie pens, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Valerie Brownstein of Greece, Monroe County, told the paper that the the ink bled through her ballot, and the optical scanner rejected it numerous times before she pressed the “accept vote as cast” button.
“When you have an optical scanner and ink that bleeds through, that’s fraught with potential problems,” Brownstein said. “I’m not sure my vote was cast accurately.”
So is there a statewide policy on what pens are used?
No, said state Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin.
Each local Board of Elections makes it own decision.
“Each board makes its own determination based on the quality of the paper stock used for the ballots and the recommendation of the machine vendor as to what is appropriate for the scanner,” Conklin said.