Two full weeks have now passed since Election Day. Nearly all of the ballots have finally been counted. Most campaigns have been decided. I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good time to look back at the election and see how the process worked (or didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work) and where it can be improved. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not looking to assign blame here or raise a theory of conspiracy, but instead, find ways that problems can be avoided in the future.
Adequate training of poll workers continues to be an issue. One of the bloggers here was refused a paper ballot and told that he had to vote on the electronic machine, despite his objections. There were widespread problems with machines malfunctioning. Consolidation of precincts resulted in inadequate staffing and long lines. How does the Registrar determine how precincts are consolidated? What criteria are used to determine how many workers are required and how many machines should be at each location? What remedies does the Registrar have for problems that arise on election day?
Did you face anything out of the ordinary at the polls?
If we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let the Registrar know about irregularities, they wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a reason to fix the problems before the next election.
Next post Ã¢â‚¬â€œ observations from the vote-counting.