Whatever Kind Of Computers The Maryland Elections Board Has, We Want Them
from the fantasy-land dept
Following the story that came out last night over the battle in Maryland on whether or not to scrap Diebold e-voting machines in the state, a columnist for the Washington Post decided to dig into the issue a bit. He noted that computers don't always work right, and perhaps the state rushed into using e-voting machines. So, he asked the state's elections administrator (who wants to keep the machines) that question and had one of the more amusing (or depressing) exchanges on this topic that we've seen:
Doesn't the computer at your desk ever freeze up on you?There are plenty of reasons someone could bring up why it might make sense to keep these machines (going back to paper ballots could be just as bad, there's not enough time, it'll create a mess that makes things worse at this point, etc., etc., etc.). However, to complain that computers simply never have problems, so there's nothing to worry about doesn't seem to be helping anyone. Unfortunately, this is becoming a political issue, rather than an issue about coming up with the best possible solution for fair and accurate elections. If people can't even be honest about the little things, how are we ever going to decide the big things?
"No," she replied.
But surely people in your office have had that experience?
(Maybe we've found the solution to Maryland's voting problem: Everybody head on down to Linda Lamone's office, where the machines work 100 percent of the time.)