From the Daily News:
The snafus that marred Tuesday's debut of electronic voting machines should have been no surprise - because the switchover was messed up from the start.
It was driven by partisan politics and drenched in money from the machine-makers, which paid politically connected lobbyists hundreds of thousands of dollars to help win New York business.
It's also the subject of a federal criminal investigation.
Even as voters and poll workers struggled with the machines Tuesday, a source said the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office is still probing how the city Board of Elections picked Election Systems & Software to supply 6,500 machines for $52 million - plus millions more for consultants.
The city and state elections boards - which are appointed by Democratic and Republican leaders - were heavily lobbied by manufacturers during all those years.