Election Day Voting Problems

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November 5, 2008 @ 1:22 UTC

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Election Day is almost over. However, the problems at the polls aren’t – as issues across the states have been reported with news of it traveling around the globe.

Bloggers have, thus, reacted to the reported issues and problems.

Arab-American Maytha reports on her own voting experience today.

“When I approached the table to receive my ballot, I noticed that my name was down twice. Once with the correct spelling of my last name and the second time with the obama/osama one-letter switcharoo. Now, had I been an exceptionally corrupt civic deviant I would have taken that opportunity to keep my mouth silent and come back later to cast my second vote. And as the incompetency of the polling system and workers I am about to expose reveals, it would have been easier than running a city of 9,000 people. 



Not only did the poll worker catch the computer-generated mistake, he didn't even ask to see my ID. Even when I insisted and forced the lamented plastic in front of his face he asserted “Oh I don't need that.” After that exchange, it took him about a minute for him to comprehend my explanation of my duplicated presence on the registered voter list. I had to physically point to both names on the sheet to show him the error. Even after that, he insisted “Well those are different last names.” Only after I showed him that the same address information and first name were listed for both entries did he cross off the incorrect name. Hmmm, I wonder what would have happened if he actually checked IDs. This was proof positive that it doesn't take organizations like ACORN to rig the system, the system can sufficiently screw-itself over without any outsiders' help!”

Maytha also adds that she overheard a poll worker speak about a machine being down, among other possible issues.

Bloggers at VivirLatino report with video on a young woman stating she had to vote with a provisional ballot.

“This young woman registered to vote a few months ago but when she arrived to vote at the polls today, her name wasn't on the register.”

In Canada, Two Moms, write about actor Tim Robbins and his issue today while voting. Robbins was told he wasn’t on the ballot, however, after five hours, was able to obtain a “judge’s order” and was able to vote.

“How many people - without the tenacity, connections, or whatever - will have had this experience, and not the same outcome?”

Across the Atlantic, Dutch blogger Michael van der Galien, reports on voting problems in Philadelphia. Galien writes that Republican election board members were removed from polling stations.

“Election board workers monitor and guard the integrity of the election process. Both Democrats and Republicans keep an eye on the votes cast in order to ensure an open and honest election.

Not so in Philadelphia, however, a city with a long record of fraud in favor of Democrats. Back in 2004, an investigation showed that 2,000 votes had been ‘cast’ for Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry before the voting booths opened.”

He further adds that such problems are a part of “American tradition.”

“Reports of voter fraud, intimidation, and worse are an American tradition. Both sides have people working for them whose job is to deprive supporters of the other from casting their vote. This results every single time in tremendous problems, chaos, and even fights.”

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