Swing States Will Face Voting Glitches: Report

Feds failed to notify officials of ballot machine failures
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2008 8:46 AM CDT
Kathi Payne, left, electronic analyst and Kari Verjil, elections director for Riverside County, Calif. pose with thousands of mothballed touch-screen voting machines.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – Little has been done to fix voting problems in some key states over the last few years, and voters in those states could have problems at the polls in November, CNN reports. Ten swing states—including Florida and Ohio—are likely to face voting day snarls, including shortages of voting machines, glitches with electronic registration poll books, and not enough provisional ballots on hand for voters who hit snafus.

There is a "very good chance, with all of the new voters that we are going to see this year, that there will be a big demand for the use of provisional ballots," says one voting advocate. "And yet I see nothing, except in one of the 10 states, that the states are doing to ensure that there will be enough provisional ballots on hand so that they don't run out of them."