Election Day Redux (originial post July 2010)

This might be hard to believe but for all upcoming elections there must now be a paper trail.  Remember the Hanging Chads???!? They had taken over Florida during the Bush race with Gore.  The visions of those election inspectors holding up the election cards with dangling paper debris on them holds strong in my mind.  I thought we had had enough with the paper ballot.  Apparently not.  Mandated by the Federal Government back in ’08 all election districts now have to have a paper trail. 

My district, and the districts I used to live in  CT, and MA, used voting machines with levers.   I never used a paper ballot except for Junior High and High School when electing class officials.  Is it because a certain administration distrusts computers or lever based machines?  The national news has yet to comment on this new/ old trend.  What it does do for sure is create more work, and more of a need for election day workers who will have to deal with a whole host of new problems from blanks, to too much fill in the blanks, rips in the paper ballot to the new ballot tabulators machines getting jammed or breaking down. 

The election day workers or Election Inspectors must now get to the polls by 5AM instead of 5:30AM.  They work until 9PM in New York when the polls close.  That’s more than a 12 hour day for about $200 in pay.  I think the federal government needs to rethink the election process and maybe #IBM, or #Apple can step forward with an “Election Pad” (thats right I said it here two years ago!) to be used at designated election centers only.  Imagine the buzz, imagine the branding, imagine the chaos.  Then there will be election day hackers – accusations of corruption and cheating – of course using paper ballots eliminates all corruption.  Or, does it?  Hanging Chad’s anyone?


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