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Confusion Led To Thousands Of Tossed Votes Across State, Study Finds

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New research shows thousands of votes cast in last year's election may not have been counted due to confusion over the state's new high-tech voting system.

A study by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law found 20,000 votes for the gubernatorial election were tossed out because voters accidentally chose two candidates.

The so-called "over-votes" are being blamed on the new optical scan voting system and a lack of directions for voters on how to use the software.

The old lever-operated machines did not allow for over voting.

The study also finds "over-voting" occurred more frequently in areas with a higher population of low-income voters.

Researchers predict if the problem is not corrected, as many as 100,000 votes could be tossed in next year's presidential election where turnout is expected to be much higher.

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