The Rural Patriot

November 7, 2006

Voting Problems Across the Country

Filed under: November 2006 Election — theruralpatriot @ 1:43 pm

Throughout the day, I’ll update this post as more reports roll in. The issue interests me, especially since New Yorkers will be using new types of machines in upcoming elections.

[UPDATE 1; 3:40 pm 1) Here is a pretty cool, color-coded map of the US showing the number of incidents of problems recorded per state. It is produced by the Election Protection Coalition. 2) Additional articles of reported problems have been added at the end of the original post.]

[UPDATE 2; 6:12 pm Additional articles added after Update #1]

I’ve already voted today, and I have never had a probem with the “lever” machines. Will today’s experience be the last time I will be able to say that I’ve never had a problem voting? I surely hope not.

Voting problems crop up early on Election Day

In Cleveland, voters rolled their eyes as election workers fumbled with new touchscreen machines that they couldn’t get to start properly until about 10 minutes after polls opened.

“We got five machines — one of them’s got to work,” said Willette Scullank, a troubleshooter from the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, elections board.

In Indiana’s Marion County, about 175 of 914 precincts turned to paper because poll workers didn’t know how to run the machines, said Marion County Clerk Doris Ann Sadler. She said it could take most of the day to fix all of the machine-related issues.

Election officials in Delaware County, Ind., planned to seek a court order to extend voting after an apparent computer error prevented voters from casting ballots in 75 precincts there. County Clerk Karen Wenger said the cards that activate the machines were programmed incorrectly.

[Update 3:40 pm]

VOTING SNAGS IN DENVER … AND MORE

We talked with Alton Dillard, the spokesman for the Denver City Election Commission, and it appears that the problem has to do with the electronic “pollbook” and not the voting machines themselves. Pollbooks are the electronic connections that link precincts to the city’s master list of registered voters.

Related: LONGER HOURS IN COLORADO?

The Associated Press quotes Colorado Democratic Party officials as saying that they’ll ask a state judge to keep Denver polling places open for two extra hours today.

MORE DIRT FROM JERSEY

Mark Sheridan of the New Jersey GOP says there’s a “developing and disturbing trend” of voters going into an electronic voting booth and finding that the machine already has registered a vote for Democratic Senate incumbent Bob Menendez.. They’re saying complaints keep coming into their office. “It’s too widespread for it to be a coincidence,” Sheridan said.

Poll Watcher: Latino Voters Harrassed in AZ

I just spoke with a Latino election monitor in Arizona who said that a trio of men, one with a handgun visible, is harrassing Latino voters as they go to the polls in Tucson, Ariz.

[Update 2 6:12 pm]

Counties Say Problems With New Voting Machines Fixed

Some western Pennsylvanians who tried to vote at their local polling places on Tuesday morning reported problems with the new touch-screen voting machines.

Allegheny County Elections Director Mark Wolosik said about 20 machines failed in various locations throughout the county and had to be pulled out of service.
(snip)
In Westmoreland County, elections officials said the voting machine company programmed the wrong date into machines at polling locations in Arnold, Jeannette, Monessen, Unity and Greeensburg, so when poll workers turned the machines on, the devices thought the polls were already closed.

Lawmakers among those snagged by voting problems

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – Late poll openings and minor malfunctions with some new electronic voting machines were reported on Tuesday in midterm elections, and even some lawmakers encountered problems.

Glitch Delays Voting In Race For DeLay’s Seat

(November 7, 2006)–Voting at one Fort Bend County poll was delayed 45 minutes Thursday thanks to a mix-up with a voting machine.

Garland County: More Voting Problems

(Arkansas) harles Tapp, chairman of the Garland County Election Commission, said Tuesday that voting “is not going smoothly” and that three technicians and three commissioners are working to correct problems.
(snip)
Voting is “not going smoothly,” Tapp said. “It’s not going the way it should. … We put out one fire and we head to another one. It’s not the kind of election I’d like, but we’re working on it. And it’s going to get better in the future. I think they’re good machines. There’s just some kinks we’ve got to work out.”

Minor Voting Problems Reported Across Tennessee as Polls Opened

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rain didn’t stop Tennessee voters from going to the polls, but long lines and malfunctioning voting machines created a busy morning for election officials.

Chelsea Clinton runs into voting problems

NEW YORK (CNN) — A famous political name does not guarantee hassle-free voting, as former “first daughter” Chelsea Clinton discovered Tuesday.

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2 Comments »

  1. Heard they are having problems down in Bradford, Pa. They are using the new electronic voting machines for the first time. They are experiencing backups at the polling places. Older voters confused by the new machines and are asking for help from voting officials. Hear is a overheard quote that was passed on to me. Older lady voter being assisted in the voting machine – “I don’t want him, I want Casey!”. Casey is running against Rick Santorium. Bradford is very Republican.

    Comment by LV Vet — November 7, 2006 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for your input LV Vet. If I come across a news link source, I’ll be sure to post it. I’m betting that we’ll be hearing a lot of these types of stories for days to come.

    Comment by theruralpatriot — November 7, 2006 @ 3:33 pm | Reply


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