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yellerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 11:54 AM
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1. Why these new machines were ordered really set off alarms when I first trained
to be an election inspector. I thought that I was seeing a huge kickback scheme, but I no longer think that is true. The new machines are not sturdy like the lever machines and won't work if they are stored improperly (temperature, dust, etc., must all be taken into account) or if they are jostled while being unloaded off the trucks. I was outraged at the expense of these the first time I worked an election because every precinct must have one and when they were first employed we were only trained to help special needs folks vote on them, and they do allow for people to vote in braille, sip and puff, or foot pedals. Not one person in our precinct wanted to use it and as I later discovered, only one person in any precinct in our village did use it. (1 in about 12,000) It takes at least 20 minutes to vote and most people with special needs bring their own helpers to pull the levers in the old-style machines rather than take the extra time. The machine prints out the completed ballot and then that ballot is dropped into the sealed box in the interior of the machine. Only after last year's primary did we learn that these machines will be replacing the old, lever-style voting booths. The upside is that the all voters will be filling out a paper ballot, that ballot will be scanned into the machine which will keep a running total, and the paper ballots will dropped inside and remain inside the locked machine so that they can be manually counted and double-checked for accuracy.

BTW, our precinct had over 80% voter turnout in the Presidential election in 2008. Not. One. Person. used this machine.
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