Re: Left off the ballot?

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue Apr 13 2004 - 18:07:20 CDT

Apparently Not only does left-off happen but even when the omission is glaring people dont notice.

Here is an anecdotal (and supposedly now confirmed) report of a primary race last march 2004 in Maryland in which the SENATOR was left off the touchscreen.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A37007-2004Mar6&notFound=true

Here is what really grabs me about this story. These modern touchscreens are, I have read, programmed to prevent undervotes by forcing the voter to press the -yes-I-meant-to-not-vote- button. If this feature was active in the story above then the machine must have cast the vote for voter otherwise it would have been flagged by the machines.

an item to add to OVC FAQ:

Also the story shows another issue County Clerks have pointed out to me. County clerks worry that when voters are presented with a confirmation summary that they will spot errors they made and, being human, blame the machine and become suspicious. Ironically, they are more afraid of paper because people will actually READ IT rather than just click-through the on-screen confirmation. (This has been pointed out to me several times by concern clerks worried about how to actually get the voting done in a timely fashion). The problem is that legally they cant help the person vote so they cant duplicate the error.

They just will have outraged idiots yelling at them. And this article shows the dilema. Once a person Casts the vote on a DRE the polling officials cannot let him revote even if he complains since they cant erase the old vote. On the otherhand with OVC, the vote is not cast until the paper ballot is turned in. Thus problem is solved.

I've run into this line of thought so many times with Clerks that it should be added to the OVC FAQ.

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