11/19/2004

Nov3rd Lines pose biggest problem for voters

Tampabay: Lines pose biggest problem for voters: "In counties that used touch screen machines, voters also were puzzled when some machines changed votes before their eyes. Voters said they touched the screen to vote for President Bush and John Kerry would appear as their choice.

Election officials blamed the problem on voters who mistakenly touched the wrong name.

Just in case, they adjusted the machines to make sure they were lined up properly. Voters who caught the problem could go back and change the vote.

'This does not sound like a software problem,' said Ted Selker, co-director of the Cal Tech/MIT Voting Technology Project.

He said voters touched the wrong choice or the machines were not calibrated correctly. That meant that the button for selecting a candidate wasn't lined up properly with the candidate's name on the computer screen.

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