Why Is This So Hard?

If you collect stories about voting machines going awry, you probably know we had a snafu in Tuesday's voting here in Washington, D.C. A ...
by | September 11, 2008

If you collect stories about voting machines going awry, you probably know we had a snafu in Tuesday's voting here in Washington, D.C. A defective memory cartridge is taking the blame for fooling election officials into believing that thousands of write-in ballots had been cast.

The episode has sparked uncertainty over whether the board, after apparently botching a routine local primary that drew about 13 percent of registered voters, can handle the general election in November. Officials expect the presidential race to drive a record number of voters to the polls.

On the human error side of things, The Washington Post reminds us that Mayor Adrian Fenty has twice replaced the chairman of the election board, most recently after an earlier set of problems in the February presidential primary.

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