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E-Voting Machines Are a Disaster Waiting to Happen

I'm all about saving paper and time, and that's why I think e-voting machines for next week's presidential election are the way to go. But, wait? What happens if they malfunction and thousands of votes get lost, or worse yet, they don't enter the system correctly? The following video is intended to show how e-voting machines work, with a local county clerk in West Virginia providing a demonstration. But instead, the the clerk encounters some problems with the machine as it doesn't select the proper candidate when entered. He blames it on the machine being out of calibration, and shrugs it off. Scary, scary indeed.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that we're ALWAYS going to run into issues with voting and making sure that the votes are registered properly - no matter how we go about it. this is a long standing issue that we're faced with and you can only expect technology to go so far in this. i hope that there's a solution before the election, cause you know that 2000 was just a peek into the issues that are truly going to come
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm not comfortable with that. I'm all for technology, but when it comes to voting I don't want a machine getting in the way between myself and the options on the ballot.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
There were e-voting machines where I went to vote, but they weren't touch-screens, which I am thankful for, because it's SO easy for touch-screens on anything to get out of calibration. They had little scroll wheels, prev, next and enter buttons. It was a bit of an odd interface, but I trust it more than touch-screens. And, I just have to say that, in a general sense, I don't trust paper more than machines. I've had more paper mail get lost than email. So many of my checks haven't shown up in time to pay bills, or simply haven't shown up at all. Letters and other packages I mail to my friends and family get lost all the time. The only thing is that people need to be absolutely positive beyond a doubt that these machines work properly before they're used for something as important as voting.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
There were e-voting machines where I went to vote, but they weren't touch-screens, which I am thankful for, because it's SO easy for touch-screens on anything to get out of calibration.They had little scroll wheels, prev, next and enter buttons. It was a bit of an odd interface, but I trust it more than touch-screens.And, I just have to say that, in a general sense, I don't trust paper more than machines. I've had more paper mail get lost than email. So many of my checks haven't shown up in time to pay bills, or simply haven't shown up at all. Letters and other packages I mail to my friends and family get lost all the time. The only thing is that people need to be absolutely positive beyond a doubt that these machines work properly before they're used for something as important as voting.
refinedharmony refinedharmony 8 years
I don't get it. We have iPhones, people. In fact, we have ATMs that people trust on a daily basis. WHY can't someone in the government hire those people to make this work in a user-friendly software???
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
give me paper any day! i want proof that my vote was as intended. and it's sad they dismiss it so easily. what happens if someone just doesn't get that it needs to be recalibrated?
Calimie Calimie 8 years
I love saving paper but with elections I'd rather get it than a voting booth. I wouldn't trust the software at all.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
I wish I could see my gramma's face when she enters the voting booth, it would be like WTF is that? That whole choosing the worng candidate thing is so creepy
lovely2190 lovely2190 8 years
oooo very scary...
lovely2190 lovely2190 8 years
oooo very scary...
foxie foxie 8 years
Even now the robots start to think!
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