Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Philly.com
More voting machine malfunction
PA Primary Team reports:
We continue to hear reports of broken machines. This tale was reported to the Daily News by a very patient voter:
"I just came from voting. Finally got my vote in at 49 ward, 07 division....after waiting for (the only) 2 voting machines to be repaired.
"I was able to cast my vote for Obama after waiting 1 and 1/2 hours. During that time at least 100 voters left without voting.....possibly not to return.
"I immediately called every News channel I could get through to. Persons who answered at the stations informed me that my ward was not the only one with broken machines and 'Paper ballots (as an alternative) without Obama's name on it. These provisional ballots did have Hiliary's name on them."
Now, voting machines malfunction every election. The worry today is that a high turnout will compound those problems forcing voters to wait, as in the case above, or turn to provisional ballots (the paper ones) which will take much longer to count.
We'll keep an eye on this today.