November 4th, 2008

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Eff This

Are you kidding me? Already lots of issues with voting . . .

FLORIDA: Voters in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area have experienced numerous problems trying to cast ballots this morning. We have preliminary reports of voters being turned away from the polls for incomplete registrations and instances of the statewide problem of broken optical scan machines in some two dozen polling locations all across the state.

MICHIGAN: Voters are reporting massive voting machine malfunctions across the state resulting in long lines and discouraged voters leaving lines without casting a ballot. In many cases, poll workers are asking voters to cast their ballot on paper and they will tally them later. Some voters are being asked to vote on paper using magic markers.

MISSOURI: There were multiple reports of swapped poll books (voter lists for a given precinct at the wrong location) in Kansas City, MO. This issue has been resolved.

Check out Our Vote Live for more details . . .
buzzed, B&W

Bad crackers . . .

Whoa . . . looks like someone was using a Democracy in Action server to send an email to all the students at George Mason that the election was moved to Nov. 5 (and thus trying to discourage them from voting).

There are two possibilites here:

  1. Someone at Democracy in Action thought they were being clever, but didn't even think to spoof their IP when committing this ridiculous act

  2. Someone hacked into a Democracy in Action server to do this . . . .
I'm leaning towards the first, but who knows for sure. FBI is apparently investigating.

What's really surprising here is that DIA looks to be pretty liberal, and their commercial arm has powered lots of Democratic campaigns.

I also find it appalling that schools have had to fight rumors that voter registration could be used to verify residency (which could ultimately affect financial aid).