READER COMMENTS ON
"ELECTION DAY: Touch-Screen Problems in Virginia..."
(16 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 11/8/2005 @ 1:17 pm PT...
How pathetic. The machines are still problematic and Virginia voters are required to have an ID. Not to mention polls are open only until 7pm.
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 11/8/2005 @ 1:18 pm PT...
"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."
Yah, in an unlock warehouse!
Shit when will they get rid of these contraptions!!!!!!!!!
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 11/8/2005 @ 1:19 pm PT...
What a surprise!!! Hope this fraudulent election is taken to court, and those bastards don't destroy any of the evidence anymore!!!!
Still waiting on the real nasty one in Ohio.
If vote machine switching is happening in one county, its happening in every county in Virginia!
Contact Voters Unite to report the criminal conduct; the day these machines are ripped out of the wall the day we get democracy and throw these fers in jail.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 11/8/2005 @ 2:05 pm PT...
Anyone considering purchasing these machines should
consider that they're going to get moved around in
trucks, set up, moved back, warehoused--again and
again and again by tired and careless county workers.
And after a few years they're going to start to get flakey.
Will they all need to be tested individually to see that
they still work right? Will they show error messages
when they fail, or will they just quietly start counting
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 11/8/2005 @ 2:11 pm PT...
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 11/8/2005 @ 2:49 pm PT...
I voted here in Virginia. Had to press a little harder on the screen than on a "normal" touch screen. I didn't have much of a wait at about 4:30 pm tonight. My boyfriend had a wait when he voted at 7:am. There was were more democrats out front than republicans. I got the democratic ticket handout to take in with me to vote. We were both asked for ID, so that they could check the roll book.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
Robert Lockwood Mills
said on 11/8/2005 @ 3:42 pm PT...
I know the Virginia election is honest, because I saw a photo of George Allen with the Republican candidate, and George was holding a football.
George's daddy was the Redskins' coach, and the Redskins would never cheat. What's the matter with these liberals?
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 11/8/2005 @ 5:43 pm PT...
I think we should have a march, too.
Every little problem needs to be compiled into a list and every lost vote must be counted in that list.
When votes are lost, we should sue.
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 11/8/2005 @ 6:22 pm PT...
ABC just reported a win for the Democrat.
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 11/9/2005 @ 4:01 am PT...
"Democrats cleaned up big in off-year elections from New Jersey to California, sinking the candidate who embraced President Bush in the final days of the Virginia governor's campaign. They also turned back all four of GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to reshape state government. " (link here).
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 11/9/2005 @ 4:59 am PT...
Virginia Dems won the Gov race but lost Lt. Gov. at 50.66% and Att. Gen still up in the air. Voter turn out was great!
Registered Voters: 4,451,711
Total Voting: 1,970,950
Voter Turnout: 44.27 %
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 11/9/2005 @ 7:17 am PT...
The sad thing is that I and a couple other IT people in the span of a dinner conversation put together a full voting system design that is secure, prevents vote tampering, has paper backup (something the current system does not have), is easy to use and cheap to setup on any off the shelf computer and would be open source.
I really believe the companies producing voting software should be required to be completely open source. That includes both the voting stations and central servers that aggregate the tally counts.
Of course since the SBE is in the pockets of the companies producing the voting systems I doubt we will ever see a change unless we force the issue.
COMMENT #13 [Permalink]
said on 11/9/2005 @ 10:57 am PT...
WyrdOne - have you put a sample of your system up on the internet for viewing?
COMMENT #14 [Permalink]
said on 11/9/2005 @ 12:34 pm PT...
It was more of a "we drew this out on paper as a quick design" over dinner.
But next time I'm at dinner with those friends I'll bring up the idea of actually producing the system and putting it up for review.
COMMENT #15 [Permalink]
said on 11/9/2005 @ 1:03 pm PT...
COMMENT #16 [Permalink]
said on 11/11/2005 @ 11:45 am PT...
So good to hear from computer saaavy people.