I’m sure that there’s a large number of folks in the country that would have a hard time knowing how to vote properly if they were given the option of simply raising either their left or right hands for the candidate of their choice.
In my part of the world, per the federal law implemented following the 2000 elections, local politicos have chosen to use the “eSlate” system, by a company known as Hart Intercivic. To anyone who’s ever used an iPod, PDA, or anything similar could not possibly have any difficulty in operating it. Here’s an easy to navigate demo of the eSlate machines, and frankly it couldn’t be easier.
Ahh. But now we have the problem of the geezer/technophobe/idiot (not all members of a particular group are part of all) portion of society that freak out or just get hacked off by not having the “good ole days” of the punchcard ballot back. Bottom line, there’s always something that someone’s not going to like about the way we cast ballots.
In reality, voting requires our attention to detail. It requires us to consider our candidates and issues closely prior to Election Day, and the way our ballot is cast is also demanding. I am perfectly capable of casting a ballot via whatever means the local Election Commission requires, and have done so since I was 17 (ok, so I registered and voted in the 1992 Presidential election by absentee, as I would be 18 on October 30, 1992, and away at college on election day). So, I’ve voted for 15 years, and have cast ballots on 1.) paper, 2.) mechanical lever machines, 3.) paper punchcard ballots, 4.) the previously standard Shouptronic machines, and 5.) by this new eSlate pure electronic machine. Every time before I cast my ballot, regardless of the means of doing so, I review my ballot at least 3 times. This gives me the assurance that I have cast my vote as intended.
For crying out loud, people. Don’t bitch and moan on Election Day that you don’t understand, or that it’s not fair. Get your repsective heads out of your respective …(calming down)…and get educated BEFORE you vote. It’s not complicated.