So this morning I got up a little early so I could get to my polling place in Richmond to vote. I wanted to beat the long lines that have been predicted. I was there about 15 minutes after it opened and I still had to wait 30 minutes. I am not complaining especially after hearing about people who have gone to vote early in other states who waited for five hours. It says a lot about our country and our ability to vote freely without fear of persecution. It says a lot about our country that people are willing to wait 30 minutes to five hours to cast a vote. GOD BLESS AMERICA! So has voting gotten easier? Has technology helped speed up the process? Today I still had to wait, and then have my ID checked and matched up against my name on a ledger and sign my name. Nothing is going to eliminate that process unless we move to optical scanners of finger print scanners. Are American’s willing to give up that much information to reduce lines during elections? I don’t think so and I wouldn’t advocate it myself. Are the people manning the polls capable of implementing new technology? Once again I don’t think they could implement new technology easily. Why do I say that, because when I voted I had to use old technology because the new voting machine was being occupied by someone else. Old technology and it takes me two minutes to vote, new technology and I know the person who was occupying that machine had been there at least five minutes before I voted. Even with time saving tools people are going to clog up the system because they either can’t figure out the technology or they are still deciding on who they want to vote for. Either way technology is only going to eliminate issues we faced in previous elections, remember hanging chads. I wish everyone luck today and hope your time in the polling places is short.
If you want to learn more about the machines we use in Kentucky to place our vote. It looks like we use two types of machines;
*Hart Intercivic (www.hartintercivic.com/
**Electronic 1242 (http://w2.eff.org/Activism/E-voting/gvs_electronic_1242_v0.3.pdf
ES&S Ivotronic (http://www.essvote.com/HTML/products/ivotronic.html
MicroVote MV-464 (http://www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=6644
Accu-Vote TSX (http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/workers/training/Diebold%20TSX-QRGv6.pdf
*This is the machine I wanted to vote on.
**This is the machine I voted on.
So the small amount of time that I spent voting was worth it because it is a freedom I hold dear to my heart and everyone should exercise this freedom. So if you haven’t voted you should.