I have no trouble saying "they were stupid" about anyone who's a member of the Maybe-If-I-Punch-Twice-It'll-Count-More Club, be they Republican, Democrat, Green or anything else. Anyone who screwed that ballot up was either mentally incapacitated (in which case they ought to have received help in the voting booth anyway) or else was not paying enough attention. Thinking you know how it works before you go in doesn't mean you actually do know. Whenever the ballot was shown to people who weren't familiar with the process, and thus read the instructions first, they voted the way they wanted to vote. This included lots of grade-schoolers.
RTFM - It applies to voting as much as it does to computing. With the right to vote comes a teensy weensy little bit of responsibility: follow the directions. I won't argue that the ballot was absolutely as perfectly designed as it could have been; there a number of other ways to do it that would have made it a bit more imbecile-proof. But neither was it anywhere near so truly fouled-up as to be indecipherable. There are a whole bunch of ways one could make the average subway map better, but that doesn't inherently mean the current subway map is unusable.
My main beef is that the residents of Palm Beach Co. could pay more for better machines, what with the, ahem, notable amount of money they have. They didn't show a great concern about quality in election process before.
Yeah, but neither had anybody anywhere else. Voting machines are paid for locally, and suggesting that money go towards new machines instead of, say, filling potholes or paying for police officers, would not have been a very popular position.posted by aaron at 6:07 PM on March 11, 2001
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