On the way to my polling place (First Presbyterian Church on Euclid), I expected to request a paper ballot and then gleefully fill it out. No such luck. The poll worker I dealt with had no idea what I was talking about, and then tried to tell me that I was voting on paper. I couldn’t believe he was saying this, as he was pointing to the printer on the voting machine. I tried to explain to him that the state only requires 1% of those to be tallied, and even then does not specify who is responsible for this count or the methods they are supposed to use. I attempted to further explain the details of the memo by California’s Secretary of State that stated that all voters have the right to opt for a purely paper ballot (more info here). As stated before, he had no idea what I was talking about.
Other noted problems:
- 3/8 machines non-functional
- 3-4 people leaving without confirming the paper readouts, resulting in poll workers completing the confirmation process
If you notice anything funny at your polling place, or if you have any problems yourself, please do not hesitate to call 866-OUR-VOTE, the Election Protection Hotline. Seeing as how this is election day and these problems are far from being solved, our only hope is to fully document the trouble.