Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on November 7th, 2006 2:11 pm by HL
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter
Waits in Long Voting Line
From Salt Lake Tribune in Utah, the state which ran the 23-year elected Emery County, UT Election Administrator, Bruce Funk out of a job when he dared allowed independent investigators to test the new Diebold touch-screen systems forced on him by the stateâ€¦
Utah County voters planning to cast their ballots on the way to work were stymied by technical problems with the state’s new voting machines, while some in Salt Lake City also saw delays at the polls.
Robert Nelson was among those in Provo and other locations in Utah County who were unable to cast their votes using the new voting machines when the polls opened. After arriving at his polling location at 7 a.m., Nelson said he spent an hour and a half hoping the machines would be fixed.
“The workers were earnestly trying to get the machines to work, but not a one in our precint worked,” Nelson said. “I work in Salt Lake City, so I couldn’t wait for the machines to work.”
In Indiana’s Marion County, about 175 of 914 precincts turned to paper ballots because poll workers didn’t know how to run the machines, said Marion County Clerk Doris Ann Sadler. She said it could take most of the day to fix all of the machine-related issues.
Election officials in Delaware County, Indiana, extended voting hours because voters initially couldn’t cast ballots in 75 precincts. County Clerk Karen Wenger said the cards that activate the push-button machines were programmed incorrectly but the problems were fixed by late morning.
Pennsylvania’s Lebanon County also extended polling hours because a programming error forced some voters to cast paper ballots.
On a day already rife with computer glitches, long lines, and legal appeals to extend voting in Denver, provisional ballots are now running out at some Denver voting centers.
Westerly Creek, 8800 E. 28th Ave., ran out of provision ballots shortly after noon. Voters who were seeking shorter lines arrived, and quickly the line here grew to more than a hundred people long.
Democratic party leaders are in court this afternoon, seeking a two-hour extension for voting in Denver, due to massive computer problems which have kept many from casting their vote.
Party spokesman Brian Mason said the motion was in response to “the huge problems in Denver this morning.”
The problems began right at 7 a.m. as computer problems at the
voter-check in stations bogged down, creating a bottleneck in the first hour of voting as a rush to the polls overloaded the system.
I went into my polling place at 7:30 This morning, all the voting stations were working and their was only 1 person ahead of me on line, as the people were able to swiftly move through the process. I got a piece of paper with a bunch of numbers on it. I slid that paper into a slot which has pages above it with the elections and candidates names. This apparatus has probably been being used for the past 50 years. I used a little hole puncher, to push through the numbers for the candidates I wanted, It took less then 5 minutes and I was on my way. But Hey, this is Hollywood California. We are not trying to help Bush steal the vote like Diebold, Sequoia, ES&S, and all the red state election commissioners are.