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All Voting Machines Down In Ohio Black District

From those poll watchers at France’s AFP:

Registered voters line up waiting to cast their votes at Tanglewood Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland. More than 250 problems were reported at polling places in Ohio soon after polls opened according to an Election Protection watchdog operation run by a minority rights group and other non-governmental organizations.

Vote machines crash in Ohio

EAST CLEVELAND, United States (AFP) – Early trouble with crashing electronic voting machines sparked immediate problems in some areas as US elections again went ahead amid fears of delays and polling irregularities.

In one elementary school in the predominantly black district of East Cleveland, Ohio, all 12 machines went down when voting opened at 6:30 am (1130 GMT), according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.

The machines were not started up until two hours later and poll officials refused to hand out paper ballots until a lawyer for the watchdog group Election Protection showed up.

"The machines weren’t working and they were just turning people away," said the attorney, Fred Livingstone. "They are not allowed to do that."

More than 250 problems were reported at polling places in Ohio soon after polls opened according to an Election Protection watchdog operation run by a minority rights group and other non-governmental organizations.

Ohio was the epicenter of controversy during the 2004 elections, as Democrats charged voter fraud incidents disproportionately helped Republicans…

In one polling station in Friendship Heights, Maryland just outside Washington, one of the 16 voting machines on offer failed as soon as the polls opened.

Others worked well, but did not assuage voter concerns about whether their vote cast by electronic machines was safe.

"They are very user friendly and there is good support, but I still wish they had a printout," said voter Chris Strom told AFP after casting her ballot.

Up to 250 incidents were also reported through a voter hotline and by poll watchers in states including New York, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to the Election Protection database partly maintained by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Though the site did not give specifics, problems included glitches at polling places and worries over registration of voters

What are the odds that all 12 machines in the same place would go down at once. And that it would be a black neighborhood. And that a French AFP reporter would just happen to be on the scene?

And that it would all happen in the always pivotal state of Ohio?

By the way, the so-called Election Protection watchdog operation is just another front for Norman Lear’s America-hating People For The American Way.

Funny that the AFP didn’t report that.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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