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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 06:57 PM
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NPR: Voters May Face Slower Lines In 2012 Elections

Voters May Face Slower Lines In 2012 Elections

by Pam Fessler

September 26, 2011

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One of the big concerns is the impact budget cuts will have on voting machines. Most places bought new electronic equipment after the 2000 elections. But Charles Stewart, an election expert at MIT, says this new equipment is much more costly to maintain than the old punch-card and lever machines. (The reference to low cost lever machines evokes a cough from Wilms.)

"I don't think many people, myself included, really recognized back a decade ago that this computerized equipment has a relatively short lifespan," he says.

In fact, many machines will only last about 10 to 12 years before they need to be replaced, and that time is just around the corner for many jurisdictions. Stewart says some election offices are even deferring or canceling maintenance contracts to save money.

"The worry, of course, is that either machines will fail, causing localities to have to kind of double up or to borrow machines, or not have enough on Election Day," he says.

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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 07:01 PM
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1. Not me. I'm pre-voting at the county seat or absentee ballot in the mail.
Wouldn't use the Diebold machine in my town in any case.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 07:07 PM
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2. How is the absentee ballot counted? n/t
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 08:05 PM
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3. The vote is sealed in an envelope and locked up until election night.
Then the County Board of Elections open the envelope and tabulate the votes.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 08:15 PM
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4. Using a machine.

:shrug:

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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 09:36 PM
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5. So, did Uncle Joe Stalin have to use a machine?
:shrug:
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 09:45 PM
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6. He would have liked to do so...

unless the machine was a lever.

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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-27-11 01:18 PM
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7. All absentee ballots are counted by hand by little old blue-haired ladies from both parties.

NOT!

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