[E-voting] Arnie hits e-voting snag (fwd)

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Wed Nov 9 00:39:14 GMT 2005


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forwarded for the snigger value  --j.


http://lawgeek.typepad.com/lawgeek/2005/11/schwarzenegger_.html

  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
      County registrar.

      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
  first, eh?

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