Thursday, June 15, 2006

Visually verify if this technology is appropriate

Deputy Hilary Rainer registers her vote on both the machine and the process in yesterdays voting.

Fr. Nick Knisely says his wonderful voting "doohickey" is great for "yes"/"no" votes but the wrong technology for voting on large slates of people.

We spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get a valid vote for the 12 seats of the Church Pension Fund board filled. This included a vote to use a paper ballot instead (using the machines to vote on this question--I am not making this up).

We heard the Registrar of Voters (or whatever her title is...sorry) answer very different questions over and over again using the same words. I wrote a little litany during this time, instead of doing something productive like doodling.

Come to our aide, Good Lord as we discern your will. Come to our aide, Good Lord.
Your key pad should now say "Vote seat #n" Come to our aide, Good Lord.
Input your nth vote. Come to our aide, Good Lord.
Visually verify if your vote is correct. Come to our aide, Good Lord.
Press send to confirm. Come to our aide, Good Lord.
The vote is now closed. Come to our aide, Good Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Scott Allen, a clergy deputy, wondered if people in Columbus were curious as to why all their garage doors were mysteriously opening and closing.

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