Tuesday, February 5, 2008

NJ touchscreen machines keep state's governor from voting

There goes those touchscreens again, keeping people from voting. In this case, it was New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, who arrived at his polling place at 6:15 a.m. this morning to vote. Problem was, neither of the two touchscreen voting machines were operating.

According to news reports, "Gov. Jon Corzine had to wait 45 minutes before casting his vote in Hoboken today after poll workers switched the voting machine to the wrong setting...Instead of activating the voting machine for a primary election, which distinguishes between Democrats and Republicans, the poll worker activated the machine as if it were a general election...."

"As a result, when a voter went to cast a vote in the Democratic presidential contest, the machine wouldn't allow the vote to be cast, Hudson County Board of Elections clerk Michael Harper told the Jersey Journal.

"Corzine's security detail, emerged at around 6 a.m. from the polling site at Hoboken Fire Department Engine Co. No. 2, followed by a trail of TV cameras, saying the machine was broken, Harper said.

"About 45 minutes later a technician rectified the problem and Corzine was able to vote, Harper said."

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