Friday, October 22, 2004

Fear and Loathing of Diebold

Surprise, surprise.

Machines Failed, Incorrect Choices Appear on Screens:

...It's a problem that can be fixed by the voters themselves— people can alter the selections on their ballots, up to the point when they indicate they are finished and officially cast the ballot.

For Griffith, it took a lot of altering.

She went to Valle Del Norte Community Center in Albuquerque, planning to vote for John Kerry. "I pushed his name, but a green check mark appeared before President Bush's name," she said.

Griffith erased the vote by touching the check mark at Bush's name. That's how a voter can alter a touch-screen ballot.

She again tried to vote for Kerry, but the screen again said she had voted for Bush. The third time, the screen agreed that her vote should go to Kerry...
Court challenges-aplenty coming, regardless of how the vote washes can read the handwriting on the wall already.