Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Bipartisan Post About Election Day Panic

Posted by on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Democrats: Are you super-scared about voter fraud yet? Here, via Wonkette, is a bit of terrifying voter fraud porn that's circulating the internet this morning showing a voting machine that refuses to let you vote for President Obama:

It's probably just a busted touch screen, but I bet some of you are still hyperventilating!

Republicans: Are you super-scared about black people yet? Here, also via Wonkette, is a bit of scary Fox News video showing a black guy standing in front of a polling place, opening doors for people and wishing them a good morning. Terrifying footage below:

Black people holding doors open for white people? What's next—race war?


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Urgutha Forka 1
"This doesn't happen in America. Maybe Ohio, but not America."
–Homer Simpson, after being thwarted by an electronic voting machine in his attempt to vote for Barack Obama
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM · Report this
that is just insane.
Posted by ng53 on November 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM · Report this
Paul, what is your reasoning that the first video is "just a busted touch screen"?
Posted by butterw on November 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Meanwhile in NC, you've got idiots like this guy driving around town with a flatbed truck with lynched likenesses of President Obama and other prominent Democrats. He also parked it across the street from an early polling site this past weekend.

Posted by Senor Guy on November 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Silly. Just keep playing with the interface until your selection activates (which is what he/she did). Are we worried about the humans who are interacting with a ballot now? That they'll just assume their choice isn't an option all of a sudden and vote for someone else? Give people some credit. And if they can't figure it out or get it resolved by someone it's their own fault.
Posted by cliche on November 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 6
@5 - Their fault but everyone's problem.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on November 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
Banna 7

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Senior Staff Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, says:

"It's a concern but not because of fraud... that's an obviously miscalibrated iVotronic (ES&S) voting machine... we would recommend that poll workers would recalibrate the machine and everything would be fine. Also, with some models of voting system if you place a thumb on accident while resting on the machine it can "bias" the calibration of the touchscreen up towards the errant thumb. That could be happening to, if it's only for this one voter."
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on November 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Knat 8
"This is a great, great day in America."

Oh, so you voted for Obama, then? Because I bet your empty-headed host and his equally inflatable companions won't be saying the same tomorrow morning.
Posted by Knat on November 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
danindowntown 9
Democrats should be concerned about voter suppression NOT voter fraud.
Posted by danindowntown on November 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 10

At what point in the video did his choice get selected? Oh right, it didn't. And, in fact, the polling place was forced to take that machine offline.

P.S. Fuck off.
Posted by keshmeshi on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
Fnarf 11
@7, it's not a calibration error, as the video explains. He tried touching different places to see if the Obama line would light up. It didn't; when he touched Jill Stein's name, the same distance below Obama's name that Obama's was below Romney's, Stein's name lit up. The ONLY name that wouldn't respond correctly was Obama's.

As for the other video, I'm confused. Black people, allowed in a polling place? Since when? Sorry, I've been asleep for fifty years, did I miss anything? How's Strom Thurmond doing in the polls?
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
@10 Did he ever press below Obama to see if that would make Obama light up in the same fashion that pressing below Romney did? Oh right, he didn't. So we don't know if it was a miscalibrated screen or not. Chill the fuck out.
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM · Report this
@12: "I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine."

I know it's tough being expected to watch a thing, AND THEN read another thing, but please do try to keep up.
Posted by Ben on November 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM · Report this
Fnarf 14
@12, it's so much easier to pull the wool over people's eyes when they are as stupid as you are.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 15
@5 Lucky they fixed that "hanging chad" problem with this fraudulent shit, eh?
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Eastpike 16
@9 is right. Plenty of real, actual 'fraud' happening. This is a distraction of giant hypothetical conspiracy theory.
Posted by Eastpike on November 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 17

I was specifically responding to the right wing troll @5. How about you chill out?
Posted by keshmeshi on November 6, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
Cracker Jack 18
"It looks like he's standing at parade rest... he's in some kind of semi-military pose..."

or if he were white: Standing!

But these guys aren't racist.... NOOOOO......
Posted by Cracker Jack on November 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM · Report this
If it was intentional, i wouldn't make sense to introduce a visual cue (highlighting the name) that the voter made the wrong choice.

The obvious strategy for a dishonest hacker would be just to count some percentage of votes to Obama to some other candidate in the back end, leaving the voter none the wiser.

So yeah, bad programming. Not malice.
Posted by Card Zero on November 6, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this

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