What kind of problems? Oh, nothing major. Vote for a Democrat, get counted as Republican. No big deal.
Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist…
A poll worker then helped Rudolf, but it took three tries to get it right, Reed said.
Gee, what could possibly go wrong? The fact is that a lot of people will push the button for their candidate and not even look at the confirmation screen. After all, you would assume that if you press the button for one candidate, the machine isn’t going to register the vote for another candidate. And it clearly could happen often enough to swing an election. This was hardly the only incident like that:
Joan Marek, 60, a Democrat from Hollywood, was also stunned to see Charlie Crist on her ballot review page after voting on Thursday. ”Am I on the voting screen again?” she wondered. “Well, this is too weird.”
Marek corrected her ballot and alerted poll workers at the Hollywood satellite courthouse, who she said told her they’d had previous problems with the same machine.
Poll workers did some work on her machine when she finished voting, Marek said. But no report was made to the Supervisor of Elections office and the machine was not removed, Cooney said…
Mauricio Raponi wanted to vote for Democrats across the board at the Lemon City Library in Miami on Thursday. But each time he hit the button next to the candidate, the Republican choice showed up. Raponi, 53, persevered until the machine worked. Then he alerted a poll worker.
This sort of thing simply cannot be tolerated. The integrity of our elections, the integrity of our entire political system, is at stake and few people seem to care. This despite reports from all around the country of problems like this and worse. And in many places, not only do election officials seem oblivious to it, they also have no way of monitoring this sort of thing:
Election officials say they aren’t aware of any serious voting issues. But in Broward County, for example, they don’t know how widespread the machine problems are because there’s no process for poll workers to quickly report minor issues and no central database of machine problems.
And in many places, no paper ballots to allow for a double check. Election officials who allow this sort of thing to go on should be prosecuted.