Election Day Could be a Mess
Election officials across the country are anticipating, on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, equipment failure and long lines, with some possible delays being attributed to voters being unfamiliar with voting procedures, reports the Washington Post, due in part, to a rush in voter registration leading to election day.
The article further alleges thousands may lose their ability to cast their ballots.
From the article:
Recent local primaries have offered warning signs.In the District last week, initial tallies were inflated by thousands of votes, causing chaos that night, and officials have yet to explain the problem. In Palm Beach County, Fla., more than 3,500 ballots went missing in an August primary, forcing workers to hunt through bins and leaving a judicial election still undecided. That same day, equipment problems in two other Florida jurisdictions delayed results for hours. Premier Election Solutions, the company that makes many of the nation's voting machines, last month acknowledged that software used in 34 states, including Virginia and Maryland, could cause votes to be dropped. The company, formerly called Diebold, said it has no fix for the problem now, but election officials can catch the errors and recover the votes through a routine process of double-checking electronic memory cards. Any weak spots in the process in November, whether poorly trained poll workers, a confusing ballot design or faulty equipment, will be further stressed by turnout, including many first-time voters. Please click here to read the entire article.