Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Adventures in electronic voting

Is this really the best that we can do to ensure that our votes are all recorded correctly?

And to those who say "it's just a coincidence" that the votes switched from Obama to McCain, you folks certainly believe in a hell of a lot of coincidences. The last eight years have been filled with so many coincidences that I'm beginning to suspect that word doesn't mean what we think it means. Perhaps it should be spelled "conspiracy."

But of course it is the voter's fault, according to the County Clerk's office. Most people voted without a problem, he said. But how do you know if you voted without a problem if you don't catch the computer switching the votes?
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At least three early voters in Jackson County had a hard time voting for candidates they want to win.

Virginia Matheney and Calvin Thomas said touch-screen machines in the county clerk's office in Ripley kept switching their votes from Democratic to Republican candidates.

"When I touched the screen for Barack Obama, the check mark moved from his box to the box indicating a vote for John McCain," said Matheney, who lives in Kenna.

When she reported the problem, she said, the poll worker in charge "responded that everything was all right. It was just that the screen was sensitive and I was touching the screen too hard. She instructed me to use only my fingernail."

"Why didn't she [the polling clerk] tell me before I even used the machine that might happen? And how many people, especially my age, didn't notice that?

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