Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Problems In Ohio, Indiana & Florida With Electronic Voting

"Programming errors and inexperience dealing with electronic voting machines frustrated poll workers in hundreds of precincts early Tuesday, delaying voters in Indiana, Ohio and Florida and leaving some with little choice but to use paper ballots instead.

In Cleveland, voters rolled their eyes as election workers fumbled with new touchscreen machines that they couldn't get to start properly until about 10 minutes after polls opened.

"We got five machines — one of them's got to work," said Willette Scullank, a trouble shooter from the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, elections board.

In Indiana's Marion County, about 175 of 914 precincts turned to paper because poll workers didn't know how to run the machines, said Marion County Clerk Doris Ann Sadler. She said it could take most of the day to fix all of the machine-related issues."

Read more here.

This was a predictable outcome of electronic voting machines. This is what happens with them.

Why would you replace an easy to use and understand paper system for this?

It should be the easiest thing in the world to vote and for some strange, unknowable reason, in this country it seems to be the hardest thing in the universe.

If you don't think that is the idea then I have a great bridge in San Francisco to sell you.

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