Remember Chad from Florida? No, it’s not a friendly chap, it’s the hanging chad that became the symbol of everything that can go wrong with elections.
Now here we go again: the Miami Herald reports Glitches cited in early voting:
Several South Florida voters say the choices they touched on the electronic screens were not the ones that appeared on the review screen — the final voting step.
Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.
Now, if I were cynical, I’d say, wow, the votes are skewed towards to Republicans – again. But I think we’d miss the bigger picture here: it’s all about user (voter) convenience. Why bother making a hard decision? The machine does it all for you. It votes INSTEAD OF you. How convenient
Update (10/31): Time magazine’s cover story: Can This Machine Be Trusted?
Other blogs on the subject:
- Diebold and Broward: Stealing the Election Starts Early
- MESS WITH TEXAS: State Rep Reports ES&S Touch-Screens Dropping Candidate Names, Flipping Straight Ticket Ballots from Democratic to Republican in San Antonio!
- Glitches cited in early voting
- Florida Diebold machines help you pick the right candidate