Be vigilant, be attentive and be alert. Read carefully. Bring a pen and make sure you fill-in, check the box or mark the area designated for Obama/Biden.
Can you imagine what kinds of problems will be at the polls on November 4 without there being enough time to fix the problems?! Can you imagine how many people will not get to vote?
In Duvall County, Jacksonville, Florida the electricity went off at many of the polling stations so people couldn’t vote. When the electricity came back on the machines didn’t work. Tricks, tricks and more tricks to discourage people from voting.
Some voters in Jackson County, West Virginia have had a hard time voting for candidates they want to win.
Virginia Matheney and Calvin Thomas said touch-screen machines in the county clerk’s office in Ripley kept switching their votes from Democratic to Republican candidates.
“When I touched the screen for Barack Obama, the check mark moved from his box to the box indicating a vote for John McCain,” said Matheney, who lives in Kenna.
When she reported the problem, she said, the poll worker in charge “responded that everything was all right. It was just that the screen was sensitive and I was touching the screen too hard. She instructed me to use only my fingernail.” (WTH!!!)
Even after she began using her fingernail, Matheney said, the problem persisted.
When she tried to vote for candidates running for two open seats on the Supreme Court, the electronic machine canceled her second vote twice.
Calvin Thomas, 81, who retired from Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood in 1983 and now lives in Ripley, experienced the same problem.
“When I pushed Obama, it jumped to McCain. When I went down to governor’s office and punched [Gov. Joe] Manchin, it went to the other dude. When I went to Karen Facemyer [the incumbent Republican state senator], I pushed the Democrat, but it jumped again.
“The rest of them were OK, but the machine sent my votes for those top three offices from the Democrat to the Republican,” Thomas said.
“When I hollered about that, the girl who worked there said, ‘Push it again.’ I pushed Obama again and it stayed there. Then, the machine did the same thing for other candidates.
“Why didn’t she [the polling clerk] tell me before I even used the machine that might happen? And how many people, especially my age, didn’t notice that?
“Leaving the polling place,” she said, “I wondered how many voters might not have noticed that their vote was switched on the machine.”
Get out and EARLY VOTE!
EVERY Vote Counts!