No E-Voting Meltdown - Thankfully


Looks like the expected great e-voting machine meltdown of 2008 did not happen. As I noted yesterday, there were scattered outages around the country, but nothing too severe. The warnings of problems seems to have increased both the vigilance as well as crisis management procedures of local voting officials. ComputerWorld has an updated story on where there were problems, but again, nothing serious.

I suspect, however, over the next few weeks there will be reports of some suspicious e-voting machine tallies - I would be very surprised if there aren't any.

Thanks again for you folks who sent in their voting experiences yesterday. Funny enough, the major problems reported were with mechanical voting machines, not electronic.


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