Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Let the conspiracy mongering begin!

Stories came out yesterday about Republican voters in Florida being sent letters telling them they're ineligible to vote. I'm not going to bother to link to any (as they're everywhere and you search for them easily enough), but they looked like they were phishing attempts for identity theft as much as anything. Still, it remains curious that only Republicans have so far been targetted.

This morning I have seen a report from North Carolina that people voting for Romney have their votes show up as votes for Obama on the machines being used.

GREENSBORO, N.C. –The Presidential election is just around the corner and voting issues have already become a problem in Guilford County.
On Monday, several voters complained that their electronic ballot machine cast the wrong vote.  All the complaints were made by people who voted at the Bur-Mil Park polling location.
One of the voters, Sher Coromalis, says she cast her ballot for Governor Mitt Romney, but every time she entered her vote it defaulted to President Obama.
“I was so upset that this could happen,” said Coromalis.
Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert says the problem arises every election. It can be resolved after the machine is re-calibrated by poll workers.
“It’s not a conspiracy it’s just a machine that needs to be corrected,” Gilbert said.
After the third try, Coromalis says she was able to get her vote counted for Gov. Romney but was still annoyed.
“I should have just mailed it in,” Coromalis said.
Elections officials say the machines have been fixed as of Tuesday, and no problems have been reported since.
Early Voting ends November 3.

Great, it's a correctable issue. But even if this isn't an effort to steal votes for Obama (he is a crook from Chicago after all, not to mention the biggest scumbag we've elected President at least since Nixon), this is still troubling. How many votes got incorrectly recorded before people noticed? How many other locations have this problem?

Once again I will state that we should all be using paper ballots that are scanned electronically, just like the big standardized tests use. Optical scanning tech is very reliable and it's worth having a paper trail for verification.


Janis Gore said...

I agree on the paper ballots.

Icepick said...

And thanks for the kind comments on the other post. I need to go back and edit them, but I know I'm in for run-on sentences and typos.