County considers lawsuit over computerized voting machines

"This proposal is just incredible," Monroe said. "It's crazy."

County Administrator Hal Payne agreed.

"The state is just out of control," he said.

Monroe said the county is considering joining other counties in a lawsuit, based on research performed by the statewide Election Transparency Coalition, a non-partisan group that is advocating keeping the traditional machines.

Many counties, including neighboring Essex and Washington counties, have approved resolutions opposing the pending de-certification of the lever-operated machines.

But the state's Election Reform and Modernization Act prohibits the use of the old voting machines once the state Board of Elections certifies the new computerized machines.

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