Last November, we were lucky. We got away with using "Ol' Faithful," our 267 lever machines, in November's muncipal elections. Not only did the county save a fortune in leasing costs, but more importantly, the election itself was flawless. In fact, things went so well that even the cranky editors at The Express Times fired off a letter to commend the elections office.
That was then.
Now, three counties - Northampton, Lackawanna & Wayne - have just two days to select a new voting system for this Spring's primary. Today, five electronic touch screen vendors will strut their stuff at the courthouse at 1:30 PM. The following day, at 3 PM, a brand new elections commission will make a recommendation. And on Thursday, county council will decide whether to approve this recommendation.