Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Off and running Sputtering

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It's only 8:30 in Austin as I'm writing this and already there's a flurry of voting machine problems.
Electronic voting machine problems frazzled voters and election workers in dozens of precincts as the polls opened Tuesday, delaying voters in Indiana and Ohio and leaving some in Florida with little choice but turn to paper ballots instead.

Paper ballots. That's not such a bad thing. You know, paper trail?
In Cleveland, voters rolled their eyes as poll workers fumbled with new voting machines that they couldn't get to start properly.

"We got five machines — one of them's got to work," said Willette Scullank, a trouble shooter from the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, elections board.

Election officials in Delaware County, Ind., planned to seek a court order to extend voting after an apparent computer error prevented voters from casting ballots in 75 precincts. Delaware County Clerk Karen Wenger said the cards that activate the machines were programmed incorrectly.

Rather than deter people from voting, I hope this becomes a motivating force today. Get out and try to vote. If you can't, raise a fuss. Protest. Get angry. File a complaint. Let your voices be heard.

This is a crucial election. Those of us who are left-of-center are fed up and we demand a change from the failures and corruption of the past 6 years.

There is far too much at stake in this election to have ineptitude disrupt the most important obligation Americans have today.

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Update: ThinkProgress has 109 reasons to dump the 109th congress.

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