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Record Early Voting Turnout Causes Problem in Kingsport (Tennessee)
Volunteer TV ^ | 11/2/06 | AP

Posted on 11/02/2006 2:57:03 PM PST by Ravi

Kingsport, Tenn. (AP) -- Early voting turnout has been heavy across the state, but the record number created a temporary problem in one county.

Electronic voting machines at one location in Kingsport were shut down for an hour Wednesday after they were unable to hold anymore ballots.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2006; elections
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1 posted on 11/02/2006 2:57:05 PM PST by Ravi
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To: Ravi

No dangling chads allowed. Sorry Dems.


2 posted on 11/02/2006 2:58:41 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Ravi

Kingsport is in predominantly GOP east Tennessee.

I think that sounds good for Bob Corker's chances.


3 posted on 11/02/2006 2:59:00 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Ravi

Vote early and vote often!


4 posted on 11/02/2006 2:59:00 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Ravi

DIEBOOOOOOLD!!!!!

* weep uncontrollably *


5 posted on 11/02/2006 2:59:47 PM PST by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: Ravi
Sounds pretty positive to me; if, as someone else on this thread said, it's a primarily GOP district it would be a good trend for the GOP nationwide.
6 posted on 11/02/2006 3:01:57 PM PST by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: Ravi

Heavy turnout in East Tennessee bodes well for Corker.


7 posted on 11/02/2006 3:08:02 PM PST by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: Ravi

There is always something with these machines. Dont they do any volume/stress testing?


8 posted on 11/02/2006 3:08:58 PM PST by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: Hoodat

Shelby County also has had a heavy turnout. The marriage prop and senior property tax freeze is probably the reason.


9 posted on 11/02/2006 3:11:30 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (John Gibson is right. " If the Democrats win the terrorist win.")
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To: Ravi
Electronic voting machines at one location in Kingsport were shut down for an hour Wednesday after they were unable to hold anymore ballots.
That is incredible. Do you mean someone 'misunderestimated'?
10 posted on 11/02/2006 3:12:11 PM PST by gb63
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To: Ravi

There is absolutely no excuse for something like this to happen. It's just sad.


11 posted on 11/02/2006 3:13:40 PM PST by Crawdad (Is this thing on?)
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To: Ravi

I'm just trying to picture this poor machine, with all those electrons spilling out the top through the cracks as the ballots just won't fit.....


12 posted on 11/02/2006 3:23:44 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Crawdad
There is absolutely no excuse for something like this to happen.

But the dinosaur media said the Republicans weren't going to vote this election. Who'd a thunk?

13 posted on 11/02/2006 3:24:10 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: Ravi
Good news for Republicans.

Democrats won't vote unless they're given money and a ride to the polls.

14 posted on 11/02/2006 3:28:23 PM PST by blam
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To: concerned about politics

Y'all know we're here in east TN....and WE will be voting.... (have you driven a Ford...from office...lately?...)


15 posted on 11/02/2006 3:30:19 PM PST by Amalie (FREEDOM had NEVER been another word for nothing left to lose...)
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To: Ravi
I took my handicapped cousin to Jonesboro CourtHouse today and voted on this last day for early voting ... the line was out the door, onto the sidewalk, and most conversation was angry conservatives voting early when they had not planned on voting this cycle but since Kerry and the democrap party showed their true despicable nature they needed to be sent a message! We East Tennessee Volunteers love our military people and will not ignore such despicable insult and condescension toward them! I hope Murtha is booted out and shamed, also.

Now, after the pubbies hold on to Congress, we the people need to storm the halls and let them know we will no longer tolerate their ignoring our conservative values and want to see real fight against the degeneracy of the anti-American, anti-military bastard brats of the demcorat party leadership ... '08 and hatellary are only a heartbeat away!

16 posted on 11/02/2006 3:45:20 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT; Ravi
"I'm just trying to picture this poor machine, with all those electrons spilling out the top through the cracks as the ballots just won't fit....."

This is ludicrous with todays technology.
17 posted on 11/02/2006 4:37:27 PM PST by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: Hoodat

Ok Middle Tennessee,it's your turn. We are the battleground.Get out there and vote and drive a Ford from office!


18 posted on 11/02/2006 4:40:53 PM PST by Jen from Tn.
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota
This is ludicrous with todays technology.

It's not the technology. It sounds as if they were programmed to hold no more than 10,000 and that now they were being reprogrammed. Sounds like human error.

19 posted on 11/02/2006 4:46:29 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Amalie

Now I do. Good work and kudos.


20 posted on 11/02/2006 6:14:10 PM PST by Ravi
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To: Ravi
Ya know, I was listening to NPR today and they were interviewing the leader of a group against illegal immigration today from Nashville. The leader was going to vote for Ford - they thought his opponent wasn't forth coming about hiring illegal aliens.

I'm wondering if alot of people down there feel that way?

21 posted on 11/02/2006 6:18:36 PM PST by 11th_VA
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota
This is ludicrous with todays technology.

If it's like the regular vote-counting machines used for us normal "on time" voters, then it is a bit older. It is a scanning machine into which the voting sheet is fed. It will read both sides of the card (approximately 8.5X11 inches) as it's fed into the machine. It's quite possible that the counters are set up to max at 10,000 to prevent any rogue outfit (like democRATs) from trying to stuff the ballot box. They may stuff a few, but not more than 10,000 per machine including legit votes. There's also a maximum number of ballots that will fit in the bin below the counting scanner head.

22 posted on 11/02/2006 6:21:20 PM PST by meyer (A vote for amnesty is a vote against America.)
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To: meyer

The ones in Knox County you have to dial in a 4-digit code before you vote. I don't know if that means that the machine can handle no more than 10000 votes in a day, but I'm guessing that it might. The code carries with it precinct information and such -- so if you live in Knoxville proper, then the city ballot proposals show up on your machine and if you live outside the city then only the county proposals show up. Also the correct US Rep, State Senator, and State Rep offices show up on your screen. So I don't know if the codes are stratified beforehand or during early voting.


23 posted on 11/02/2006 8:34:41 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: kenth

Diebold is the worst offender, but none of the vendors currently certified are close to acceptable. We used Hart Intercivic here, one of the better, one race came up for recount, and it's Chinese Fire Drill time. Happens I got the rare chance to be part of two succesive recounts, Op-scan paper in '04, mix of paper on request and Hart's E-Slate. Paper, no problem, a tedious Sat. and we are done to everyone's satisfaction. The E-Slate took two weekends, a Hart tech rep, and we never could account for the number of voters to within the margin of defeat. The trailing primary candidate finally conceded rather than cost the county the expense of a new election, which he could have had for the asking.

At least here one can get a paper ballot on request and a few of us troublemakers have turned that into a minor crusade. I resigned as precinct judge after 14 years to protest poor ballot security on e-voting, made quite a stink.


24 posted on 11/02/2006 8:52:56 PM PST by barkeep (Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc)
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To: MHGinTN
Have you really found "angry conservatives" who have decided to vote, this cycle, because of Kerry's insults to our military? Please, tell us the truth, it would be very important to know.
25 posted on 11/03/2006 12:42:10 AM PST by Alex1977
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To: 11th_VA
I'm wondering if alot of people down there feel that way?

Nope, just the ones NPR finds and airs.
26 posted on 11/03/2006 12:54:20 AM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: Ravi

I hope they're not Chavez Smartmatics machines!!!!


27 posted on 11/03/2006 12:55:50 AM PST by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: Ravi

Did they fix the problem???


28 posted on 11/03/2006 1:03:25 AM PST by airborne (If Democrats win in November, America will suffer.)
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To: scrabblehack
The ones in Knox County you have to dial in a 4-digit code before you vote....

Sounds like a different machine than is used here in the Chattanooga area. We don't vote on a machine, but simply feed the completed ballot into it. We get to fill out a paper ballot by coloring in the block next to the candidate/issue we choose after which we hand the card to the official, he tears off the numbered stub and files it separately, and then has the voter feed the voting ballot into the slot on top of the machine. Looks like a giant shredder, but it's merely an optical scanner of some sort.

29 posted on 11/03/2006 2:48:42 AM PST by meyer (Kerry - the voice of true democRAT feelings. Vote them out!)
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To: Alex1977

First, don't accuse or imply that I'm lying. Second, my conversations were all carried on while waiting in a long line at the Courthouse in Jonesboro. Can I prove these folks were conservatives, true conservatives? Of course not. Did they express outrage at Kerry's slur on the military personnel and the subsequent democrat leadership support or tacit ignoring of his outrage, revealing the true heart of democrat leadership? YES. Now, you insulting prick (little thorn), just how do you propose I prove I'm telling the truth?


30 posted on 11/03/2006 4:58:54 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: meyer
I'm of a mind that voting is too important to relegate it to 'all electronic'. I believe there needs to be a paper ballot and the voter leaves the polling place with an exact copy of what he or she cast as their ballot, then the paper ballots can be tallied.

Democrap party false ballots are treasonous and perpetrators should be treated as traitors since they are cancelling the voting citizen's most sacred act in this Constitutional Republic. Anyone found to be cheating the system (and anyone instructing or aiding them) should be incarcerated for the rest of their natural life and ALL citizenship rights removed. Democrat leaders, even at grassroots level, are wink and nod liars and cheats, despicable in the main.

31 posted on 11/03/2006 5:06:45 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: 11th_VA

Same ones who vote Dem because the Repubs aren't strong enough on Abortion.

Pray for W and The Election


32 posted on 11/03/2006 5:10:58 AM PST by bray (Voting for the Rats is a Death Wish)
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To: 11th_VA

Nope. Tennesseans are like most people in this country—fed up with illegal aliens. I don't think anybody who REALLY represents an anti-illegal immigration group could possibly vote Democratic. Harold Ford is running good campaign propaganda on this issue. He will capture some swing voters.

BTY. Early voted in Nashville earlier this week and the polling attendants said this was a record high turnout year! The Dims are turning out in numbers too, however.


33 posted on 11/03/2006 5:12:44 AM PST by Amadeo
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To: concerned about politics

On a funny note, you should hear the Seminar callers on c-span.

All those voting Democrat are speaking as if GWBush is the "other candidate."

Not one of the seminar callers spoke of their candidates.

We have to remember Democrats protest by being smelly hippies marching, protesting, and yelling in the street. Republicans VOTE.


34 posted on 11/03/2006 5:17:23 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Alex1977
Have you really found "angry conservatives" who have decided to vote, this cycle, because of Kerry's insults to our military?

I have.

They are retired military members and their extended families. And they are not merely angry. They are outraged.

35 posted on 11/03/2006 5:21:26 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: 11th_VA

Honestly? This campaign has been brutally negative from both sides. Those who have not made up thier minds based on other issues may take that position, but there is enough bad stuff on the ads that people have any number of reasons to choose one or the other.

So, consider the source of the interview....


36 posted on 11/03/2006 7:22:49 AM PST by Amalie (FREEDOM had NEVER been another word for nothing left to lose...)
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To: MHGinTN

Frontier lad, don't be so angry... life is wonderful.


37 posted on 11/04/2006 12:08:07 PM PST by Alex1977
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