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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Electronic Voting Problems in a Nutshell

Agent Ska, the tireless champion of all that's progressive in Pittsburgh, was on-hand when an electronic voting machine in Pittsburgh's (primarily black and far from affluent) Hill District simply stopped working during yesterday's elections.


Between issues like this, the lack of a paper trail and the foreboding warning the election volunteer gave me ("Make sure you press the big green square at the end of your voting or else, not only will your votes not be counted, it'll crash our machines"), I'd say the modern election system needs more than a bit of work.

So -- who's up for dissolving the Electoral College before 2008?

(PS The second video in the link above is the best -- it shows the machine blinking in all its futility.)

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  • The whole electronic voting fiasco continuously blows me away. Of all the things that a computer could possibly do, counting how many times people people press a certain button is probably the simplest, and yet we continue to find ways to mess it up.

    Here's what I think we should do--give the entire budget given to fund elections board to Coca-Cola, and ask them to build a Coke machine for voting. After you vote, you'll get a coke with the candidates picture on it, and you can keep the can.

    It would solve so many problems...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:56 AM  

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