New York state has certified three voting equipment items that counties may purchase to replace their lever-action voting machines, Sheila Ross, Otsego County's Republican deputy elections commissioner, said Thursday.

Two of the machines are ballot markers meant to work with optical scanners and the third is a direct recording electronic, or DRE, machine, she said.

Otsego County is likely to purchase one of the two ballot markers meant to work with scanners, she said.

"That is what the county board prefers, and I'm confident that's what we're going to do,'' she said.

Ross said counties' elections commissioners have until Feb. 8, three days after New York's presidential primaries, to make the choice.

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