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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Democracy Inaction

posted by on August 20 at 9:42 AM

This isn’t very comforting.

Ohio is an election battleground state with perennial problems at the polls. So what have election officials in some precincts of the state been doing to keep their voting machines safe from tampering?

Taking the machines home with them and stashing them in their garages in the days before a big election.

If it sounds like something pulled straight out of an episode of Saturday Night Live, or Borat for that matter, it’s not. The practice has become so widespread that it even has a nickname, “sleepovers.”

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Well, now we all know where to look. Let's go guys.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 20, 2008 9:48 AM

All you need is two people, one of the appropriate gender to talk to the evoting poll worker, and the other to use a common key that costs 25 cents.

Once the key's switched, you change the vote.

Anyone can do it in less than a minute.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 20, 2008 10:04 AM

This shit frightens me more than Zogby polls.

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 20, 2008 10:44 AM

Great, one more thing for conspiricy theorist to wet themselves over.

Posted by Original Monique | August 20, 2008 10:47 AM

The current secretary of state (a Democrat), Jennifer Brunner, has outlawed the practice. Which wasn't common practice all over Ohio to begin with (Franklin County, for instance, never allowed it).

Posted by Nora | August 20, 2008 10:59 AM

@4... every year more and more information comes out about how rudimentary and easily manipulated/hacked/disabled these machines are, and yet people like you continue to perpetuate the black helicopter/conspiracy stigma to anyone that raises an eyebrow. Color me confused.

Posted by robo | August 20, 2008 11:10 AM

Every year more and more information comes out about how rudimentary and easily manipulated people like you are. OMG look in the sky! WTF UIS THAL:T:!??!

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 20, 2008 11:57 AM

Here you go, Mr. Poe-- there's plenty more kool-aid for you to drink. Bottoms up! (that's a drinking expression... we all know that your other bottom is perpetually up, wagging around in the air hoping that some withered senior somewhere can still pop a stiffy)

Posted by robo | August 20, 2008 12:08 PM


Posted by Greg | August 20, 2008 4:14 PM

The other 49 states should be able to sue.

Posted by Todd Boyle | August 20, 2008 4:31 PM

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