Finally, New York has decided to send those lever voting machines to the scrapheap ["State aid for voting," News, July 28]. But voter turnout for special district elections will still be very low.

A better way would be to consolidate all special district elections to coincide with Election Day in November, and include special district candidates on the same ballots. This would forever eliminate costs for the taxpayers to hold all these district elections, make it easier for everyone to vote, and greatly increase voter participation for special district candidates.

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Surely, only elected officials who want to bamboozle the public would be in favor of a lower voter turnout.

Mark Goldstein, South Hempstead

Editor's note: The writer ran unsuccessfully for the South Hempstead fire commission in 2005.