Skip to comments.Voting Machines Woes Cause Early Delays [Ohio, Indiana, Florida]
Posted on 11/07/2006 6:18:05 AM PST by TimeoutEdited on 11/07/2006 6:29:22 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Voting machines began wreaking havoc the minute the polls opened Tuesday, delaying voters in dozens of Indiana and Ohio precincts and leaving some in Florida with little choice but turn to paper ballots instead.
In Cleveland, voters rolled their eyes as election workers fumbled with new voting machines that they couldn't get to start properly.
"We got five machines - one of them's got to work," said Willette Scullank, a trouble shooter from the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, elections board.
Election officials in Delaware County, Ind., planned to seek a court order to extend voting after an apparent computer error prevented voters from casting ballots in 75 precincts. Delaware County Clerk Karen Wenger said the cards that activate the machines were programmed incorrectly.
"We are working with precincts one-by-one over the telephone to get the problem fixed," Wenger said.
With a third of Americans voting on new equipment and voters navigating new registration databases and changing ID rules, election watchdogs worried about polling problems even before the voting began Tuesday.
Although turnout generally is lower in midterm elections, this year was the deadline for many of the election changes enacted in the wake of the Florida balloting chaos of 2000.
The 2002 Help America Vote Act required or helped states to replace outdated voting equipment, establish statewide voter registration databases, require better voter identification and provide provisional ballots so qualified voters can have a say if something goes wrong.
"There has not been an election in decades that has had this much change," said Wendy Weiser, an attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's law school.
Control of Congress is also at stake this year, with all 435 House seat and 33 of 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, along with 36 governors' offices. Because individual congressional races are generally decided by fewer votes than presidential contests, any problems at the polls are more likely to affect the outcome.
According to Election Data Services, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm, 32 percent of registered voters were using equipment added since the 2004 elections.
Nearly half of all voters were using optical-scan systems that ask them to fill in blanks, with ballots then fed into a computer. Thirty-eight percent were casting votes on touchscreen machines that have been criticized as susceptible to hackers.
Election experts say both types of voting machines are bound to cause trouble.
Touchscreens may display incorrect ballots or fail to boot properly. Voters using optical-scan equipment might circle a name instead of filling in a box.
Poll workers also might not be adequately trained to handle the unexpected, which can cause delays as voters were already discovering Tuesday.
Voting-machine vendors said they had thousands of workers on the ground and special command centers to handle any problems.
"Elections have hundreds and hundreds of moving parts, and most of those parts have to do with humans," said Michelle Shafer, spokeswoman for Sequoia Voting Systems Inc. "There will be isolated issues throughout the nation I'm sure. That's just the normal part of elections. Overall we feel confident things will go pretty well."
Just getting to the right polling place with all the right identification posed a challenge for some voters.
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blah blah blah. Sick & tired of Ohio and Florida citizens not being able to figure out how to cast a ballot without whining about something.
I voted in Cuyahoga County at 6:31am and had ZERO problems.
Are they the Sequoia (Venezuela shills) or Diebold machines?
We's been "disenfranchised! We needs ta "re-affirm" oursefs.
Right. .. .especially the ones that had to get to several other polling places to vote again.
JOHN KERRY =
Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education Camp
Here come the DANGLING CHADS!!!! (on voting machines)
Muncie , Indiana. Lots of Dem loons there.
One of my friends almost bailed because he had to be at work at a certain time. It's a quick way to block GOP voters, largely, because they are trying to vote on the way into work, and have a limited "window" where they have to vote, or bail, because they absolutely must be at work on time.
Count all health care workers in this group.
By and large Rats have all day to vote, and they don't mind waiting while the voting machine gets fixed.
The people who say they can't figure out how to use a voting machine are actually subversives trying to undermine our republic.
Delaware County Clerk Karen Wenger said the cards that activate the machines were programmed incorrectly.“Incorrectly,” eh? I'd have someone analyze the programs on those cards very carefully…
I'm Sick & tired of Ohio and Florida [LIBERAL DEMOCRAT]citizens............
My odds on a national do-over on December 11, 2006 are 3:1. Any takers?
I just voted in Florida. No problems here as far as I could tell. Also, they were very adamant about showing identification. And that is a good thing.
It'd NOT the tool, it's THE CRAFTSMAN!
The new SUVs!
Swallowed the MSM line whole did you? I voted using a machine in FL today and there was no hint of a problem. They also gave you a choice to vote with paper, or the machines, which I did. No apology necessary.
In the non-elitist, backwater hick State of Mississippi (in the eyes of liberal elitists like carry), in my rural county of Stone, we voted for the first time on touch screen Diebold machines (no more punch ballots). No problems reported and Republican turnout is high! People waiting to vote were talking about evil dims and carry's insults!
Just voted in NC, pouring rain and its packed.
I spoke to one of the poll workers and she said its been non stop all morning.
I used the Vote-amatic and had ZERO problems.
My big dream is for Steele to pull it out, thus breaking the dam that's been keeping blacks from bolting the donkey party. Then, they come forward and reveal all those "strategy sessions" where they were coached on how to claim they were "disenfranchised".
(R) or (D) precinct?
I'd PAY to hear that!
My husband and I voted in Spencer Co., Richland, no problems at all, nice line waiting to vote too!
Funny how voting problems occur in Democrat districts run by Democrat apparatchiks...just voted in my Republican district here in Richmond, Virginia. Nothing but pleasant folks working the polls and standing in line to vote before going to work. The head poll worker announced to the voters that we ink in the ballot; not punch...the snicker that went through the line said it all.
Egad! They had to resort to paper ballots. Oh, the humanity. Please, some one call Jimmy Carter and Jessie Jackson ASAP and tell them to get to FL because the poor souls had to use paper ballots. Clearly, if a GOP candidate wins in those districts it MUST mean the voters were confused with how to use a pen and is tantamount with voter intimidation.
Some are claiming problems in PA, too:
Voting Machines are down in PA (Vanity)
November 7, 2006 | Kaslin
Posted on 11/07/2006 5:57:09 AM PST by Kaslin
A friend I chat with in a political room just told me that most of the voting machines are down in Pennsylvania. Did anyone hear about this?
R precinct i believe.
It seemed that noone was struggling with the Vote-Amatic machines either.
I voted on the electronic machine for the first time. It couldn't have been any easier.
I just heard the voting machines in PA have started walking around and eating people!
I saw that here in MN but it was only this long hair maggot infest dope smoking FN type wearing an Impeach Bush button so apparently they are programed to only eat Rabid Moveon.org Leftists. Freepers should be safe. The Election Judge just game me a wink and a nod and said "nobody saw nothin' "
BTW, Karl says HI, GW says call him. Laura wants to know when you and Heather Locklear are coming by for dinner again.
Microvote in Daviess County Indiana no problems
I remember in 5th grade social studies we had to learn how to fill out a ballot.
We also were told it was our responsibility and if we screwed it up, it was thrown out. For example, don't vote a straight rep. ticket, then mark a dem., or it will be pitched.
We all got it.
I'm sick and tired of putting up with idiots.
You can't fix stupid.
MYGAWD, then stay home. People who can't figure out an outhouse from a voting booth have no business in either. That's right, disenfranchised and disagreeable dems., go to the voting booth that has the little moon carved in it's door. It was made JUST for you, the sh*t-for-brains voter.
I smells me a Rat...
LOL, I see your sense of humor is fine today.
All jokes aside, I really hate these voting machines. I don't like private entities controlling and possibly influencing elections. There's too much danger there - it can be used to undermine our democratic process.
Banks can record millions of transactions daily without error.
There is no reason one day of voting can't be recorded flawlessly.
Two things stop voting from going smoothly: 1 - Not spending enough on people and equipment to do the job. 2 - Some people have a vested interest in making sure that the public loses confidence in the vote.
There is nothing I can think of that is more of a danger to this country than the public losing confidence in the integrity of the vote. It should be sacred, and guarded with our lives. We take it too lightly, and if the liberals succeed in making it meaningless, this country will fall like a house of cards.
Friend of mine here in Pittsburgh just e-mailed me -- where she voted, the new machines died. Then they couldn't find the paper ballots. I told her I hope my polling place has the old mechanical monsters -- those things go back to at least 1940 and to my knowledge, they never broke down.
This story is about idiots not technology
Yet you trust them with every single fiscal transaction you ever make in your life.
People got to learn the difference between prudent caution and paranoia.
Here in Knox County, TN (mostly Pubbie) we have brand new electronic machines that replaced our old touch screen electronic machines. We used them in the primary and general elections this year without a hitch either time, just as we regularly used the old touch screen machines. It's really surprising how the only people too dumb to handle punch cards and electronic voting seem to be DemonRats in DemonRat precincts. Could it be that the electronic machines are actually making it harder for them to steal votes they way they always did before???
Pssst.. It isn't the machines that are broken. It's the Democrats running the machines that are broken.
Oh for God's sake.
Show the old lady your driver's license and voter's reg card, get out a barrel of purple ink and some paper with photos of the candidates on it, with a R for Republican, D for Democrat or I for Independent and O for other like the Green weenies, etc, on them.
Dunk your finger like the Kurds do, and get on with the
sh-t-ng grin part.
Seems to me that if rural Africa or Nowhere-a-stan can vote without all of this BS; it can be done in Ohio, or Idaho or wherever.
My friend wasn't complaining about how hard the machines were to operate -- in fact, she said once someone finally got them going, they were relatively easy to use. The problem where she lived was that the machines weren't operational at 7:00 am when the polls opened and for a time no one could find the paper ballots.
She also said she didn't like the fact that there was no privacy -- the machines were out in the open -- anyone walking by could see how you're voting. I don't know that I would like that either.
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