Tuesday, November 07, 2006


...after hearing about shit like this all day long:

Denver election officials admitted this afternoon that the city's new computerized electronic balloting system was overwhelmed almost from the start of voting this morning.

Denver Election Commission spokesman Alton Dillard II said the system's "e poll book" laptop computers--which are used to verify each voter--were bogged down early in the day, forcing election judges to manually call other election officials by telephone to certify the voters. The system became so bogged down by 1 p.m. that election officials were forced to shut down the computers and reboot them, Dillard said.


As election officials scrambled to speed up the voting process, Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport denied a emergency request from the Democratic Party to keep Denver's voting centers open for an additional two hours this evening due to the faulty computers.

What's so wrong with this "archaic" tool?

Mrs. F and I dropped by our local polling station with our absentee ballots (which were quickly deposited in the vote box) and thanked the volunteers for helping out. We had all the time we needed at home to do any research we needed about the lesser-known candidates and all the propositions and referendums on this year's Washington state ballot, and then marked our choices in black Sharpie pen. No worries about whacked out screens, paper trails, or lines. That's the way to vote!


At 6:29 PM, Anonymous JessCo said...

I voted for the first time in the U.S. today (and the first time anywhere since the 1996 Israel elections!), and was amazed to discover that our polling station (in affluent Nassau County, NY) uses lever machines that look like they're from the middle ages. Adam had warned me, so I had some idea of what to expect, but I was still utterly confused for the first minute or so. I eventually found a tiny, tiny instruction sheet with some tiny, tiny guidelines on how to use the machine. It was probably in an 8-point font, I kid you not. I figured it out in the end, but could not help wondering how someone with deficient eye-sight (or less-than-average intelligence) could be expected to manage. Why aren't these things federally standardised?


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