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:: 3.03.2004 ::  



Oh look, problems with the new electronic voting machines

Anyone surprised? In some cases it seemed to be a training problem; in others...?
Anaheim resident Shirley Green, a Republican in the 68th Assembly District, said she was given the ballot for the 67th District — a mistake she said workers acknowledged having made from the time the polls opened at 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. when she voted.
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After several phone calls to the registrar, [Republican Assemblyman and state Senate candidate Ken Maddox] said, precinct workers realized they had entered the wrong district into the voting machines. As a result, the 35th Senate District race did not appear on the ballot.
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An hour after the polls were supposed to open, the new voting machines at 10% of [San Diego] county's 1,611 precincts still were not operating... [Joe Tash, a spokesman for the county registrar-recorder's office] said poll workers saw an unfamiliar screen when the Diebold system, purchased in December, was turned on at precincts across the county. Until poll workers were given further instructions, they were unable to sign on to the system. As a result, they could not program the plastic "smart" cards that tell the touch-screen voting machines what kind of ballot a voter can cast.
From what I've heard, the least trouble-prone ballot, which still leaves a paper trail in case you need a recount, is the kind I've been voting on for years - a piece of paper you mark with ink. Plus it's gotta be cheaper than those machines. Why can't we just agree to use those?

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