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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The 21st Century Meets the 19th

As a good American, I voted this morning. As in the primary, I used a spanking new Diebold electronic voting machine. Assuming these things work and don't automatically cast all my votes to the GOP (big assumptions), I actually prefer electronic voting. It tells you whom you have voted for and counting should be much easier. (Yes, I know all of the problems.)

But this is my worry. As is commonly discussed, the older you are, the more likely you are to vote--this is a major reason why social security is the third rail of American politics. I was by far the youngest voter this morning (and I'm no spring chicken), and it appeared that there were a number of Titanic survivors casting ballots. God bless the elderly, but these are people who, for the most part, can't operate a microwave, let alone program a VCR (or TiVO), and you expect them to vote electronically? Let's just say, they were none too rapid. While voting took me under 2 minutes, it was taking them 10. Hopefully, the vote counting (and more importantly the results) will go well.


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