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  •  Also, the undertrained poll worker thing (1+ / 0-)
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    is NOT news. It's been out there for years. Constantly changing voting systems during the 00s didn't help.  Up here in Cuyahoga (Cleveland), we had four systems in about three years. Former secretary of state Ken Blackwell (1999-2007) pushed counties to purchase expensive touchscreen voting systems (we still don't know how much Diebold stock he owned or when he divested because he refused to release his financial information when he ran for governor in 2006). They went into widespread use in 2006 (As I have exhausted myself pointing out, they were NOT in use in most of Ohio in 2004). They were so quirky and so expensive to maintain that they were then scrapped in major counties like Cuyahoga and Summit (Akron) by 2008.

    There was no trickery by electronic machine — just a ton of tax dollars wasted and a lot of pollworkers confused. Trying to retrain of multiple systems caused a lot of churn in pollworkers too.

    Then add in confusing and constantly changing state voting laws (Republicans in the legislature passed a terrible voter suppression bill and then quickly repealed it after Democrats got enough signatures to put repeal on the ballot) and directives from the secretary of state that were legally challenged and he was forced to overturn in mid-cycle and you had a perfect storm for pollworker confusion.

    Even after the election, the right polling place/wrong precinct thing was completely unclear — just how the GOP engineered it to be.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 08:24:27 AM PDT

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