I go to vote on my birthday and boy was I in for a surprise. They’ve revolutionized they way we vote so that it’s like going back in time to the 1800s. I’m thinking this method must be used in developing countries because it is ripe for voter fraud.
Here’s the process. Walk up to a table. Show your driver’s license and you get crossed off the voter list. Then you are handed a blank peach colored index card and told to walk over to another table in the gym. You hand them the peach card and they hand you your ginormous ballot card. Does anyone see a problem here? What’s to stop someone from coming in with a dozen peach cards (throughout the day) and getting a dozen ballots and just skipping over the first line? NOTHING.
So then there are 10-12 stations set up for filling out your ballot form. But the privacy sides make it hard to see the ballot. And the sharpies used to fill out the ballots keep being stolen so there’s a gaggle of people standing there waiting for a station with an actual sharpie to open up. Organized? Um no. Efficient? Definitely not.
And filing in circles with markers to vote? WTF? Is this my third grade standardized testing? This is an improvement over the lever system? NO. It’s a de-evolution of the voting system. What happens next year? Do we simply raise a hand or say yeah or nay like the rowers in the picture above?
Then you get in a fourth line to put your ballot in an automated machine and get an I voted sticker.
In California, I voted with the chads. You showed your ID and were handed a ballot by the same person (nice control there). It worked as long as you punched them correctly. In New York, I showed my ID and then got in line for a booth. I pulled the levers–I thought this was the most straight forward system ever. Now we move to filling in circles on tests. Are you freaking kidding me?!
The lack of controls over this process. Shit. I could write an essay on it. It’s a cake walk audit because it is so easy to identify the places where controls are sorely lacking and need to be implemented.
How was your voting experience?
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