[E-voting] Arnie hits e-voting snag (fwd)
jm at jmason.org
Wed Nov 9 00:39:14 GMT 2005
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forwarded for the snigger value --j.
Oops! Looks like a snag with one of California's electronic voting
machines almost cost Arnie his chance to be counted. Good thing there
was a paper provisional ballot there to rectify the situation.
Schwarzenegger Hits Snag at Polling Place (LA Times; Reg. required):
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up to his Brentwood neighborhood
polling station today to cast his ballot in the special election ¿
and was told he had already voted.
Elections officials said a Los Angeles County poll worker had
entered Schwarzenegger's name into an electronic voting touch screen
station in Pasadena on Oct. 25. The worker, who was not identified,
was testing the voting machine in preparation for early voting that
began the next day.
Somehow, Schwarzenegger's name was then placed on a list of people
who had already voted, said Conny B. McCormack, the Los Angeles
Schwarzenegger's aides were informed of the problem when they
arrived this morning to survey the governor's polling station. The
poll worker told the governor's staff he would have to use a
"provisional" ballot that allows elections workers to verify if two
votes were made by the same person. McCormack said the poll worker
did the correct thing.
Reports are already coming in that others who have requested paper
ballots in this election are being told they must use the electronic
machines. Guess it helps to have your staff survey the polling station
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