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Voting Experience In Santa Clara County (CA)
by Noel Runyan, June 3, 2008
I just finished my 7th attempt to vote on Sequoia Edge II voting machines in actual elections in Santa Clara County. Once again, the complexities of the voting system overwhelmed the pollworkers and they were not able to get the voting machine working by themselves.
Voting Blind on a Danaher Shouptronic (PA)
by Suzanne Erb, April 22, 2008
As a blind voter, I have always wanted to vote privately and independently. In the past, poll workers have assisted me — sometimes only one — and I was not confident my votes had been cast as I intended.
Another Sad Story of Voting "Accessibility" (CA)
by Noel Runyan, February 8, 2008
Another sad story is from a voter who lives in the Sacramento area and is blind. She was in an AutoMARK precinct. To start with, the pollworker wouldn't help the voter find the right area to sign in the book. After someone else stepped up and helped, the pollworker tried to excuse herself by saying, "Well, my hands are very cold, so I didn't want to touch her." When the blind voter asked to use the voting machine, the pollworker told her she couldn't "because it's broken" and "your friend here can just fill out the ballot for you."
17,000 provisional ballots in the NM Democratic Primary;
Here's one woman's story
by Kim Reed-Deemer, February 8, 2008
I live in San Miguel County in New Mexico. When I went to vote in New Mexico's Democratic Caucus at the Abe Montoya Rec Center in Las Vegas, New Mexico, I had my official copy of my voter registration that I received from the San Miguel County Clerk's office with me in the event of a problem.
Six Stories about Inaccessible "Accessible" Voting Machines (CA)
by Noel Runyan, February 7, 2008
Last night I got a call from a livid Alameda County voter who called me about 6:30 PM, after he was told that he couldn't vote on the Sequoia DRE unless they could find four other people to vote on the system. Note, our Sec. of State requires that five or more must vote voluntarily on the conditionally certified DREs.
InkaVote Electrical Fire in Pasadena (CA)
by Jared Crawford, February 7, 2008
I was a poll worker in Pasadena, California that had two precincts in a Neighborhood Voting Center. We had two ES&S InkaVote Plus machines. Ours stopped working after the first ten minutes with 19 votes checked in. The other precinct's InkaVote Plus started spewing black plastic smoke after about five hours and we almost had to evacuate the building. No ballots were spoiled as a result of the electrical fire, which stopped after we unplugged the machine.
Sequoia Edge II e-voting machines' "accessibility" fails - 6 for 6 (CA)
by Noel Runyan, February 5, 2008
If my own experience is any indication, the California Secretary of State's conditions for use are not being met and Sequoia voting systems are seriously failing again.
The following are some notes about my February 5th Primary election experience in Santa Clara County, trying to vote on Sequoia Edge II DRE voting machines.
ES&S iVotronic voter "paper trail" fails to print (AR)
by Lisa Burks, February 5, 2008
I went to vote at 8:15am at the Methodist Church on Hogan, my precinct. The ivotronic DID NOT print my vote out, it only printed a horizontal line and a vertical line. I told the poll worker the machine did not print my vote, he would not allow me to vote again even though that machine is apparently malfunctioning. He closed the doors on the machine, allowed another man to vote on the same machine to see if it registered his vote on the paper tape, it did not, then he sent the man to another machine.