Tyndmyr wrote:It's odd that voting is still this problematic. Making it reliable doesn't seem like it should be that hard.
Its because of the big push for paper-ballots this year, which means all of the voting precincts needed to purchase scanning-machines instead of the old smartcard-based voting terminals.
The smartcard terminals were old and crappy, but they worked for sure and there were a lot of them. But they didn't leave a paper-trail. Scanner-types can still be theoretically hacked, but if an issue comes up (ie: Exit-poll mismatch), they can pull out the paper-ballots and manually count them by hand. So there's a big push for scanners.
I'm betting that most places couldn't afford more than one of these scanners (and to be fair, when it was working, it definitely looked like a fast process). I used the scanner in the Primaries and it was cake.
The election judges said that it seemed like more people were voting this year, but at the same time, with only one scanner... maybe it just seemed like there were more people because the lines were longer. It is a new year, and voter-turnout tends to increase when the incumbent is leaving. So I'd expect lines to overall just be longer today.