Are electronic voting machines really a good idea? Sure, after the 2000 election, with its hanging chads and Florida early-bird-special voters who couldn’t distinguish between Pat Buchanan and Al Gore on a ballot, there was a drumbeat for modernization. “Why is the US in this day and age still using paper ballots?!” they asked. “We need cutting-edge technology.” But they call it a paper trail for a reason. Do we really want to trade this for an electron trail?
It’s the little voting machine that could. In Guilford County, North Carolina, some residents who cast ballots for Mitt Romney found their votes switched to Barack Obama. Writes MyFox8.com:
[Bur-Mil Park voter] Sher Coromalis ... says she cast her ballot for Governor Mitt Romney, but every time she entered her vote the machine defaulted to President Obama....
Marie Haydock, who also voted at the Bur-Mil Park polling location, had the same problem.
Well, ever since observing Al Gore, I knew that machines leaned Democrat. However, a North Carolina elections official posits a different theory. Again from MyFox8:
Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert says the problem arises every election. It can be resolved after the machine is re-calibrated by poll workers.
"It's not a conspiracy [sic] it's just a machine that needs to be corrected," Gilbert said.
Is it just me, or is this problem that “arises every election” one where malfunctioning machines always seem to err in favor of Democrats?
Other questions are raised. How many people voted for Romney in Bur-Mil Park and didn’t even notice their votes were switched? How many of Al Gore’s other slightly less charming relatives occupy polling stations around America? And can they be numerous enough so that the election can be “corrected” in favor of Hope and Change the Vote?
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