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Multiple Voting Machine Problems Reported In Florida
Media reports switching of machines, non functioning machines as "glitches"

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Tues
day, Jan 29, 2008

Multiple problems with electronic voting machines have been reported in Florida today as people take to the polls in the latest presidential primary.

Eagle eyed members of the prisonplanet forum are scouring media reports and keeping a close watch on events in Florida in light of the ongoing saga with the New Hampshire primary and the recount fiasco.

Keep track of events at this live thread where members are posting the latest information.

So far multiple reports have indicated that voters are experiencing problems throughout the state, particularly with the electronic machines.

The Palm Beach Post reports:

At Kings Point in suburban Delray Beach, voters encountered delays after a poll worker mistakenly shut down the voting machines, Elections Supervisor Arthur Anderson told reporters.

"They were on and then someone mistakenly, accidentally turned them off," Anderson said while visiting H.L. Johnson Elementary School in Royal Palm Beach. "Allegedly someone tripped over a line or something like that."

The machines couldn't be turned back on, so workers had to bring in replacement machines and program them. "It's going to delay the process," he said.

This will have resulted in lost votes and once again goes to show that the machines are unreliable and detrimental to the democratic voting process.

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According to other reports, machines in some precincts were delivered late and so voting was delayed, causing some to abandon the lines.

Other problems with the machines have been reported by voters. The Sun Sentinal reports:

Rabbi Richard Yellin said he was first in line at the polling location at Congress Avenue and Woolbright Boulevard in Boynton Beach, but that did him little good when it came to casting his vote.

"There has been a major failure of the voting, at least at this precinct," he said.

He said he tried five times to use the voting machine but it would not allow him to vote. About a dozen people were also at the precinct to vote, Yellin said. "None of the machines worked," Yellin said.

Poll workers were attempting to obtain help from the main elections office, but were still struggling to activate the machines when Yellin said he had to leave to attend to his duties at the synagogue.

Another voter reported that she noticed that the poll worker in her precinct pushed the non-partisan button for her when assigning her card, even though she’s a registered Democrat. Nonpartisan voters cannot vote in the presidential primary. From The Palm Beach Post:

When Monzon pointed this out, she says the poll worker sought out help from a supervisor, who then called the supervisor of elections office.

Monzon says that after the supervisor got off the phone with the elections office, she told Monzon and the poll worker that this problem is happening around the county and that there is nothing that can be done about it.

Monzon says other voters present had the same problem. In one case, a wife was able to vote and but her husband was not because his ballot was changed to nonpartisan.

In Broward County, which was subject to recounts and hanging chads in 2000, some machines also malfunctioned or did not function whatsoever, as reported by NBC:

In Broward County Fla., minor delays were reported this morning at a half dozen polling locations. Voters who provide a driver's license for identification have their license run through a machine that reads the magnetic stripe on the back. (The machine is called an EVID). At least six of those EVID machines at different polling locations did not work this morning.

Today's primary will be the last time for at least 4 years that residents will use the machines as they have been judged to be too unreliable and detrimental to voter confidence.

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