By John Gideon on 4/22/2008, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

What is wrong with election officials in Pennsylvania? They knew that voter turnout was going to set records today yet many precincts only have two machines. Two machines equal long lines and voters turning around and going home. On top of that there were wide-spread machine failures. And, on top of that, in areas like Philadelphia officials will not allow voters to use a paper ballot unless both machines are out-of-service and then, the paper ballot is a provisional ballot that may or may not ever be counted. At the same time that voters are reporting problems to the local news blogs and the voting assistance groups, local officials were telling the broadcast media that there were very few problems and they were all expected (normal). In fact the problems were numerous enough to warrant VoterAction to go to court in an attempt to keep the polls open for two extra hours. That attempt was denied....

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