Will presidential polls see good turnout to vote post sandy?


Come what may the states would be ready for elections on time ……this is the vow of states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut which were affected by sandy storm. There will probably be a lot more provisional ballots. Officials would see to that people make their choice in makeshift booth abroad a military truck. The three states are taking unprecedented measures to ensure that voting stations are up and running by Tuesday. Officials have asked utility companies to work on bringing power back to polling areas first. New Jersey is also extending the deadline on mail-in ballots. Alternative voting sites will be set up in areas where the original locations were wiped out by the storm. In Connecticut, Gov. Dan Malloy already extended the voter registration deadline from Oct. 30 until this past Thursday to accommodate people affected by the storm

Imagine going to vote for your presidential candidate and pushing the button on a touch-screen voting machine — but the “X” marks his opponent instead. That is what some voters in Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Ohio have reported. In response to the growing number of complaints, the Republican National Committee has sent a letter to election officials in six states — Ohio, Nevada, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri and Colorado — demanding tighter controls on touch-screen machines.

But election officials insist that the machines are practically foolproof.  They say any problems are due to human error, and that tinkering with machines is almost impossible.

In Ohio, touch-screen machines, for example, are being used in Lorain County with no reported “switched votes” or operational issues. “We haven’t had any problems with the touch screens this year and everything is going well,” Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams told Fox News. His county has used touch-screen machines since 2005.

Adams, a veteran election official, said that in his county, machines are not electronically designed to be able to change choices, and there is no way for anybody to rig a machine or pre-program its choices for one candidate or a slate.

One woman’s long fingernails blocked her selection, until she moved the angle of her fingers to get it right. Nevertheless, Joan, who said she finally was able to cast a correct vote after three attempts, advises fellow voters to confirm their choices.

“Be very careful when you vote. I don’t care who you vote for, just double-check.”

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