Ask questions at the polls and read the paper receipt!!
Original post made by Concerned about Electronic Voting on Nov 7, 2006
Okay, maybe I did inadvertently vote for AS (although I am 99% sure I didn't), shouldn't it have been an easier, more straightforward process to make the change? Shouldn't the poll worker know how to work the machine? Why was the manager so quick to put it on me, instead of recognizing that their process was cumbersome to say the least? What if I didn't already have a basic understanding of computers or the wherewithal to keep asking until I got my question answered?
And, I worked as a poll worker for a couple of elections, and we were not instructed how to deal with this, so I know it wasn't an aberration that the first person didn't know how to do this.
Get rid of electronic voting!
on Nov 7, 2006 at 1:58 pm
I would like to see all states go to voting by mail, as Oregon (and I believe Washington state) has done. It provides more time, is more convenient, and is far less susceptible to large-scale fraud.
Electronic voting systems are COMPUTING systems - there will ALWAYS be a possibility that they will be hacked. There is simply noe way to avoid this, unless we do away with electronic voting.
For emphasis: Voting fraud has ALWAYS occurred in American elections - to some small degree. As well, it's always been the case than a very small percentage of cast ballots never made it to the final count. I would rather live with the former than worry about someone hacking systems state by state, precinct by precinct, to slectively cull and add votes in systematic ways that literally change the nature of our democracy. The latter is what we're facing with electronic voting.
Last, we'd better do something about gerrymandering, because it's probably hte most toxic thing we've dome to our democracy, especially in that last 10-15 years.
on Nov 7, 2006 at 2:01 pm
here's another example of my concern
Electronic voting is quickly approaching the level of fiasco. Do away with it!
on Nov 7, 2006 at 4:54 pm
I think it would be fairly easy to "fat-finger" an incorrect vote on the touch-screen voting machines. I tapped the screen with the end of a pen just to make sure I hit the right spot.
The directions to change a vote were right on the screen though. I think that some people are upset by the technology before even facing it, so they rush ahead and assume the machine is trying to cut them out of the voting process.
Just take a breath, relax, and read the instructions. And next election, put yourself on the list as a permanent absentee so you can avoid the machines entirely.