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2008 Voting Systems - Will Voters be Scared Off?

The other day, I received instructions CT voting guidefor using the new voting system being
used in Connecticut, for this year's presidential election.  It was described as "An instructional pocket guide to using the New Optical AccuVote-OSTM Voting System."  The title, itself, sounded daunting."  

CT voting instructions

The mailer was a tri-fold.  When opened up, it presented a wordy, five-step explanation of the process for casting your vote.  The guide was sent from the Office of the Secretary of the State.  The immediate knee-jerk reaction to anything requiring that amount of explanation, was that voting, this year, will be difficult.

In truth, the system is quite easy.  For anyone checking it out online, The State of Connecticut Secretary of State posted a website, which offers a simple, single paragraph explanation of this year's voting process.

Voters will be given a paper ballot and a privacy folder.  They will take both into a privacy booth, where they will fill in their choices.  The ballot will then be fed into a scanner.  Simple!

Unfortunately, the voters who are most likely to be put off by the printed voting guide, are the least likely to check out the instructions, online.  Hopefully, the "helpful" guide won't scare off too many voters.

Is a new system being used in your state?  How is it being presented to the voters?

 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsMarilyn Katz • October 18 2008 06:44PM

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Don't they realize that lots of people don't have online???  They don't do computers.  Especially the elderly.  I hope they are not scared off.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 10 years ago

Barbara-  That was my first thought.  My concern was for the less educated and the elderly.  Perhaps I am under-estimating the elderly.  After all, I am getting to be one of them ;-)

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Marilyn - Hopefully there will be people monitoring voters needs at the polling stations and will offer to help those who seem unsure of the process.  It will be interesting to see what transpires after the count.  Something tells me we'll have a big mess on our hands with both both sides calling foul...sigh!

Gail MacMillan Titusville Fl Real Estate

Posted by Gail MacMillan almost 10 years ago

Gail- I'm sure there will be adequate help at the polling stations.  I was more concerned with a voting guide that could scare people off, from showing up.

As for after the fact, you're probably right.  No matter what the count is, someone will blame the outcome on voter fraud, voter machine glitches, etc.

Hopefully, we'll have a definitive winner by Nov 5.

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Isn't it amazing that we live in one of the greatest countries on earth.  We can put a man on the moon, but we can't seem to come up with a voting system that gives us the confidence that we are actually living in more than a Banana Republic.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 9 years ago

Myrl-  Amazing, isn't it.  You would think, how hard can it be - cast your votes, count them, someone wins.

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago

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