24 October 2006

Voter chaos predicted at US polls

FT - Holly Yeager

A combination of new voting technologies, changed rules for voters and a tight battle for control of Congress threatens to result in widespread troubles during the US midterm elections, according to a report to be released on Tuesday.

The study, by electionline.org, a non-partisan election clearinghouse, examines an array of changes to US voting practices and their potential impact on polling day, November 7.

“This was supposed to be the year – and the election – when the voting process nationwide was more secure, more technologically advanced and more trusted by the citizens and candidates participating,” the report says. “Yet as the midterm elections approach, machine failures, database delays and foul-ups, inconsistent procedures, new rules and new equipment have some predicting chaos at the polls at worst – and widespread polling place snafus at best.”


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