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Archie Goodwin on Voting

The most interesting incident Tuesday morning was my walking to a building on Thirty-fourth Street to enter a booth and push levers on a voting machine. I have never understood why anybody passes up that bargain. It doesn't cost a cent, and for that couple of minutes, you're the star of the show, with top billing. It's the only way that really counts for you to say I'm it, I'm the one that decides what's going to happen and who's going to make it happen. It's the only time I really feel important and know I have a right to. Wonderful. Sometimes the feeling lasts all the way home if somebody doesn't bump me.

—Rex Stout, A Family Affair

Snagged from The Washington Post via a Facebook community.

-The Gneech



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Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
last tuesday, i poked at the screen of an overpriced knock-off ipad, or 'voting machine' as they called it. (yay for early voting in MD, i was busy today.)

I remember the old sort, we had them back up north, at least back in the 80s. This big lever/crank would close the curtain, and free up the keys.

Then you cranked down a lever next to the candidate's name for each office and yes/no for those kind of votes, and then you'd hit something that locked them in, and you pull the lever back, locking in your vote and then resetting it, if memory serves, and that would open the curtain for the next person.

They were quite a production, and somewhat fun.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
One piece of paper per election (provincial, municipal, federal) another one for plebiscites (yes/no) and one pencil to mark an X.

Such a simple way of doing things, very hard to "rig" (in a properly functioning society). Why add all the complications of machinery or electronics, just causing more opportunities for fraud?
Nov. 3rd, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the feeling lasts more than just all the way home. Sometimes it lasts for months. I voted in Florida in the 2000 Presidential Election. The one right there proves that your vote does indeed count. If anyone ever says "My one vote isn't going to count" remind them of that election, where it got all the way down to about 300 or so votes. I still have the sample ballot they sent us in the mail so we'd know what to expect to see on voting day. Maybe it'll be worth something in about 80 years. I might be able to auction it off on eBay to get enough for breakfast at McDonalds..
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