Thursday, Mar 23, 2006
I am in almost total agreement with this Tribune editorial about the problems with the new voting equipment in Cook County and Chicago.
Machines were programmed incorrectly. Some were sent out with parts missing. Some had power cords that were too short to reach the nearest outlet. Election judges were expected to follow a complex, multipage manual of instructions for running and closing polls–but were given little or no preparation. Some had training for up to three hours. But some didn’t lay hands on the machines they were in charge of until primary day.
The last part, about merging the county and city election systems, is less appealing to me, but I’m still open to the idea. We still don’t have complete results for several elections. What are your thoughts about Tuesday night’s problems?