Record Number Of U.S. Voters May Cast Paper Ballots

More Americans might cast their ballots on paper this fall than in any other election in U.S. history.

An Associated Press Election Research survey has found that 57
percent of the nation's registered voters live in counties that
will be relying on paper ballots this November.

That wasn't supposed to be the case. The government had a
3-billion-dollar plan to upgrade voting technology after the
hanging-chad fiasco in Florida in 2000. But thousands of
touchscreen devices are collecting dust in warehouses from
California to Florida. Officials worried about hackers and fed up
with technical glitches have replaced the equipment with scanners
that will read paper ballots.

With a crunch looming in the highly specialized ballot-printing
industry, many election officials are now concerned about getting
all their ballots printed on time.


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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    Seems like they change every two or four years. I know in the past few years I had at least 3 different types of ballets. It really isn't that difficult to figure them out. If you're in the booth longer than 30 seconds and you're still clueless, ask for help! Maybe once they find a ballet they're happy with, they'll start asking for ID's! I have to show ID for beer, but it isn't needed to vote for our country's leaders?
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 6, 2008 at 09:32 PM
    Great! Anyone that can't push a pin through a piece of cardboard doesn't have a clue what planet he is on anyway. I too am tired of these computer glitches. That 'hanging chad' situation was a bunch of crap anyway. Really, if you cannot push a steel pin completely through a d*mn piece of cardboard, what the h*ll are you doing at the polls to begin with?
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