Archive for Sunday, August 6, 2006

Voting advance

August 6, 2006


To the editor:

Tuesday, I voted for the first time without assistance. I have been completely blind my entire life. I have voted in every election I could but one. Because our county voting officials set up the "automark" device at every polling place, I could simply go to my precinct and vote like everyone else. For me, this is a landmark I will never take for granted.

I am grateful to have the freedom to vote. Now, I am grateful for the Help America Vote Act (nationally), the county clerk's hard work and all the special training required for the poll workers. When I voted, I was the 42nd voter. I was the first to use the "automark" at my precinct. I had no orientation to the device beforehand. I found it quite easy to vote confidently. Thanks!

Jim Canaday,



Ragingbear 11 years, 7 months ago

We at the Bush Administration thank you for your vote for Buchannon.

What? You didn't vote for Buchannon? Prove it. That's right, you can't, as paper trails are somehow unconstitutional.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 7 months ago

Raging, apparently you didn't vote last tuesday! if you had, you would have noticed the little papers called ballots. no paper was removed in this process.

now, are those black helicopters still coming over your back fence? trying to pollute your precious bodily fluids???

Ceallach 11 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Canady: Thank you for sharing your voting experience with us. The privacy of the voting booth is something the sighted often take for granted. I am glad you were able to enjoy the freedom of voting unattended. My very best wishes to you.

gnome: Thanks for pointing out that the paper remained. I noticed that at the voting station in my precinct there was still a paper involved. I know there are other places where they have gone paperless. So far I don't think Lawrence is one of them.

Bear, how come you were so grumpy so early this morning? Or was it late last night :) I understand your concern about paperless voting and do not doubt that it will one day become nationwide. I also worry about the world's growing reliance on the infallibility of computer programs. Those of us who work with them daily are more than aware of their many short comings!!

bearded_gnome 11 years, 7 months ago

Ceallach, yes, what I'd like to have in the future is everybody votes with nice easy to operate electronic voting machine, which produces *a paper receipt or prints a ballot. having a paper trail is important. even important to the unparanoid.

Ceallach 11 years, 7 months ago

Now gnome, remember, just because a person is paranoid that doesn't mean someone isn't really out to get them ;)

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