Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Are We Ready for November 4?

Pew Study Finds State Elections Web Sites Have Significant Room for Improvement. State elections Web ites are often too difficult for voters to find and use to answer questions such as whether they are registered to vote, where to vote and what will be on the ballot, according to a new study released by the Pew Center on the States. “Being Online is Not Enough: State Elections Web sites” is a 50-state analysis examining elections Web sites’ usability...

One example of this jumps out: the New York State Board of Elections has a "Look up your voter registration and find your polling place" link. Unfortunately, as of this writing, when I put in my information, my polling place shows as ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 517 WESTERN AVENUE; this is incorrect. The Pine Hills branch of the library is closed, and the correct polling place is 400-420 WESTERN AVE, which is at the College of St. Rose.

Watchdogs Ask: Is America Ready to Vote?. With millions of Americans expected to confront an array of voting technologies on Nov. 4, election experts from the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause and Verified Voting [released] a 50-state report card that grades every state on its preparedness to respond to Election Day voting system problems like broken machines, software malfunctions, or long lines that result from voting equipment breakdowns or misallocation of machines.

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