more votes cast than there were voters
OK, so I’ve thought the suspicions of voting fraud were over the top, that actually it’s impressive the Democrats did as well as they did, and that it just basically sucked. But I just read a report that a voting machine in Ohio had a malfunction and reported 4258 votes for Bush in a precinct that only had 638 voters. Quite apart from the hidden motors of electronic voting machines run on proprietory software with no paper trail for auditing, there’s the spoilage issue. Did you know 3% of ballots are thrown out because the machines can’t read them? In theory electronic voting should solve that problem, but it obviously comes with its own set of concerns. Tom Paine has more about this, with many links for the curious. After people vote, they’re asked what they voted for – the exit polls – and according to these, Kerry should have won Ohio. Some are saying the exit polls were correct, the vote-counting was not. Black Box Voting calls for “consumer protection” for voting, Votergate has a 30 minute video Vika recommends. I thought blaming the loss on fraud was silly – after all, three million more votes were cast for Bush than for Kerry – but reading about that voting machine in Ohio, I’m not so sure. Ah well. Now I’m going to shut up about this election. I’m tired of it.
Oh, and I’m really happy with our voting system here. Separate slips of paper for each party, choose one, add candidates from other parties if you want, slip it in an envelope and then into the ballot box. There’s an audit trail and it’s hard to imagine getting much spoilage.