Democracy at Risk? Voting Problems Reported in One State After Another

From Virginia to Georgia to Pennsylvania, Missouri, Michigan and South Florida, voting problems are starting to look rampant.  Reports have been streaming in for hours of a host of problems preventing people from casting their vote.  Problems include broken electronic voting and optical scan machines, no paper records provided where it is required by law, reports of swapped poll books — meaning polling places do not have the proper lists of registered voters, power outages leading to voters being given paper ballots, poorly trained or unresponsive election workers, long lines and general disorganization.  Read more here: http://blog.ourvotelive.org/

CNN also reporting voting problems:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/voting.problems/index.html

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  1. Jesse

    I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. We’ve been at this democracy thing for quite a while now, haven’t we? You’d think by now we’d have the voting part down, especially after all the issues reported in the 2000 and 2004 elections. I’m so glad enthusiasm for the election has resulted in record voter turnout, but I wonder if some of these newly minted voters will want to vote again if they associate voting with waiting in line for 3 hours. Voting needs to be easy and convenient. Yes, it’s our duty as Americans to vote, but that doesn’t mean it should be a burden. Also, it’s incredible to me that some areas of the country are not equipped for this. Did they not get the memo that turnout was going to be high? Did they fail to see that their registration numbers had skyrocketed? Long lines at the polls is a form of voter disenfranchisement because (a) it’s not affecting all localities equally — the rural areas are fine for the most part — and (b) not all people can afford to stand in line for hours on end.

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