November 8th, 2005

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THE BRAD BLOG: "ELECTION DAY: Touch-Screen Problems in Virginia..."


http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001988.htm


ELECTION DAY: Touch-Screen Problems in Virginia...
Voters Complain Attempts to Vote for Democratic Candidate Recorded for Republican...

From WDBJ7...


Election day voting is going on across the Old Dominion, but everything has not gone smoothly in Roanoke County.

News 7 has received calls from several voters in at least four different precincts who say their votes for Tim Kaine were not recorded or took several attempts to go through.

They contend the electronic touch screens repeatedly indicated they were voting for Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore instead of registering their intended vote for his Democratic opponent Tim Kaine.

Roanoke Co. Registrar Judy Stokes says she doesn't want to say the problem is operator error on the part of the voters, but she points out the touch screens are sensitive. She says anyone who is having difficulty voting should ask one of the poll workers for assistance.

State election officials have been told of the problem. They believe if there is a problem, it could have been caused by the way the machines were stored.



This sort of thing will happen if you store the machines at
Kilgore headquarters.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

'Democrat Kaine Wins Va. Governor Race'

Some good news (disregarding the advantages of having Democrats learn
through failure):

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051109/ap_on_el_ge/elections_rdp;_ylt=AvckxiDONFNdYIiL5DV2guCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--

I guess Kilgore's headquarters couldn't adjust enough touch screens to
be 60% likely to register Bushist, 40% likely to register Democratic,
if the pressure were applied 20% of the way from Democratic to
Bushist.

You can't really rely on that method, anyway. It's just one part of a
full suite of methodologies. :)