Unfortunately, being shorthanded at work, I had to vote fast on my lunch hour, so I didn’t try to do anything special.
There were two problems I noticed, but didn’t have time to address either:
- The precinct workers were tearing off the ballot stubs – you know, the ones that say “This stub should remain attached and only removed by the voter after voting” – BEFORE handing me the ballot and separated stub!
- The ballot box/counting machine took 5 tries to “grab” my ballot and feed it through.
OK, there was a 3rd problem: While I didn’t look close, the single ballot marking machine was again on a non-adjustable table without the specified clear space.
There were no other voters there, so I didn’t observe any other ballots being fed into the machine, but the poll worker who came over after 2 failures said “It’s been doing that”.
I plan to take the full day off for the November general election. I’ll be stubborn and obstinate then.
As I promised Brad Friedman a few months ago, I took half the day off in order to allow time to use the handicapped assistance device at my polling place. I had to give up after 3-1/2 hours and vote the normal way. Read on for details…
Thom Hartmann (twitter @thom_hartmann) tweeted today with a link to a paper with good, concrete suggestions on how to vastly improve communications among various election officials, with a particular focus on how to communicate various failure modes of e-voting systems. While the specific suggestions were great, they were apparently based on what I consider to be the WRONG answers to the following questions: Read more…
Wherein I both make a promise and – by preserving it in this post – both document the promise – and the reasons behind it. I also refuse a field promotion from grunt to commanding officer in an organization that currently has only 1 member (me): Brad’s E-voting Enlightenment Army!