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Ask questions at the polls and read the paper receipt!!
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by Concerned about Electronic Voting, Stanford,
on Nov 7, 2006
I voted this morning at Stanford and had a problem with my vote. I previewed the paper receipt that comes with electronic voting and discovered that my vote had been cast for AS for governor whom I did NOT vote for. I asked a poll worker to help me go back to change the vote, and this person did not know how to do this. That was not acceptable to me, so I pursued it until I found a manager (who was quick to say it was my fault) who was able to show me how to change the vote. (De-select the check mark, and the circles will re-appear to vote again. The paper receipt should show 'voided' and will print a new one.)
Okay, maybe I did inadvertently vote for AS (although I am 99% sure I didn't), shouldn't it have been an easier, more straightforward process to make the change? Shouldn't the poll worker know how to work the machine? Why was the manager so quick to put it on me, instead of recognizing that their process was cumbersome to say the least? What if I didn't already have a basic understanding of computers or the wherewithal to keep asking until I got my question answered?
And, I worked as a poll worker for a couple of elections, and we were not instructed how to deal with this, so I know it wasn't an aberration that the first person didn't know how to do this.
Get rid of electronic voting!