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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:21 PM

Spider in (aging) voting machine entangles Massachusetts town election

Source: Globalpost

An itsy bitsy spider is to blame for jamming up a voting machine in Massachusetts on Election Day.

Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti called a technician after one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned during Tuesday's election, The Associated Press reported.

The machine stopped recognizing ballots, which threatened to delay voting results.

Staff counted more than 800 votes by hand until the technician arrived and discovered that the eight-legged culprit's web had blocked a sensor in the machine, according to the Boston Globe.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/united-states/spider-in-voting-machine-rehoboth-massachusetts




A spider is responsible for jamming up the voting machine in a small Massachusetts town, forcing staff to count ballots by hand. (Prakesh Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

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Reply Spider in (aging) voting machine entangles Massachusetts town election (Original post)
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
Gargoyle22 Nov 2012 #1
Warpy Nov 2012 #2
Bette Noir Nov 2012 #3
Phillip McCleod Nov 2012 #9
sakabatou Nov 2012 #12
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #4
littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 #5
Ian David Nov 2012 #6
millijac Nov 2012 #7
Phillip McCleod Nov 2012 #8
LiberalEsto Nov 2012 #10
AsahinaKimi Nov 2012 #11
sakabatou Nov 2012 #13
AsahinaKimi Nov 2012 #14
sakabatou Nov 2012 #15

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:28 PM

1. Gotta love MA*

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Response to Gargoyle22 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:48 PM

2. My cruddy little town on Cape Cod used paper ballots, publicly counted

It was a little slice of heaven to me.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:19 AM

3. That IS why they call it "a bug in the system."

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:27 AM

9. beat me to it!

 

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Response to Bette Noir (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:19 PM

12. Yep, all the way back to the Harvard Mark II

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:21 AM

4. Heh. Ask Admiral Grace Hopper...

...about that one.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:25 AM

5. Sir Walter Scott said:

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:17 AM

6. See, we need to replace those old machines with electronic Diebold machines! n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:27 AM

7. It was not a voting machine

I work the polls. It was a scanner. MA uses paper ballots, counted by optical scanning. And our legislature just passed a bill this summer that will soon allow for audits of the machines.

This sort of misinformed reporting just pisses me off though.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:24 AM

8. the machine had a bug

 

thats where the term came from originally - back when computers used relays and tubes

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:46 AM

10. Was the spider one of KKKarlRove's trained minions?

Perhaps even a relative?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:28 PM

11. JUST IMAGINE what havoc could have played out had it been a RADIO ACTIVE SPIDER!!


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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:21 PM

13. Paint it green with an unhappy face, take away the arms...

and he'll be a creeper from Minecraft:

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:57 PM

14. hehe

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:36 AM

15. Even funnier

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