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Monday November 01, 2004

Tips for voters

Filed under: — Dill @ 6:09 pm UTC

Based on the problems being reported in early voting in some parts of
the country (see voteprotect.org), I have the following simple
recommendations for voters. I hope that everyone can help spread the word.

  1. Prepare before going to the polls. Mark your votes in advance on
    the sample ballot that was mailed to you.


    • We’re getting reports of long lines during early voting. This
      will make voting faster.

    • A few voters have reported that some offices were not on their
      screens, and that they didn’t discover it until they had returned
      to their home or car. If they had the list with them, any problem
      could have been detected immediately, in time to save their votes
      and perhpas get a witness to the problem.
  2. Check the review screen carefully before casting your vote.


    • Some voters have reported votes being registered that they
      didn’t select. In the cases we’ve heard about, this seems to
      be the result of confusing machine design.

      If you check carefully, you can catch these problems before casting
      your ballot.

  3. Make sure you’ve cast your ballot! The last step is to touch a
    box on the touch-screen to cast your vote.


    • Some voters have forgotten to do this. Depending on local
      procedures and how well they are followed, poll workers may
      finish casting your vote for you, or they may cancel your vote.
      If you make sure to finish the voting process, you can make sure
      your vote will be stored and counted.
  4. If a machine appears to be working properly, ask a poll worker.
    If the problem is not resolved, write down the name of the poll
    worker and call 1-866-OUR-VOTE when you can to report the problem.


    • Maybe they can help you make sure your vote is counted.
    • If the problem is not resolved, there will be a witness. This
      may be important for making sure the problem is taken seriously
      and gets fixed.

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