Report: Crucial swing states not prepared for voting problems
The last several elections have been beset by voting problems, and as the 2008 election approaches, it is becoming clear that many of them have not yet been addressed.
A new report from Common Cause finds that ten important swing states have significant problems with their voting systems, with Florida, Georgia, and Virginia being the worst and Colorado not far behind. In 2006, 18,000 Coloradans were unable to vote because computer registration machines crashed, and the state's replacement system is still untried.
"This is a new system, and there's just a lot of unknowns as to whether or not voters will be successful," Common Cause's Jenny Flanagan told CNN.
People are also being kicked off voting rolls because of minor discrepancies that computer software is unable to accommodate, or even because of outright glitches. Provisional ballots are provided to voters whose registration is disputed, but Common Cause is concerned that the states have not ordered enough provisional ballots to handle the anticipatable problems on Election Day.
CNN has more details on the study here.
The Common Cause report on problems is available here (PDF).
This video is from CNN, broadcast September 18, 2008.
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