President Obama Speaks on Voting Problems in
Election Night Speech
"We Need to
November 7, 2012 -- As millions
watched live, newly-reelected President Barack Obama acknowledged
problems with America's voting process during his election night
victory speech last evening.
Mr. Obama thanked everyone
who voted in this great election whether they were new to the
voting process or spent hours and hours waiting in line to make
their voice heard, as many voters did this year.
"Oh and by the way, we
need to fix that," he said of the long waits and other election
The President's remarks were
incredibly important to Election Integrity as this was the first
time in recent memory (if at all) that a sitting President acknowledged
election problems publicly in a nationally-televised speech.
One of the biggest reasons
for long polling place lines and problems can be malfunctioning
voting equipment, especially in areas that still choose to use
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines. Unlike paper
ballots, a fully functioning DRE must be provided to each and
every voter who ties that machine up the entire time he or she
is voting. If a ballot is lengthy or complicated, as some were
in Florida and other states this year, DRE-caused delays can
be severe. And of course when DREs break down, voting cannot
continue until the machines are fixed or replaced, unless emergency
paper ballots are provided. While PA law requires emergency paper
ballots to be in all polling places, many areas fail to provide
enough, especially for large Presidential elections.
The fact that our current,
sitting President has made even a brief public committment to
improving elections opens the door wide for VotePA and other
groups to hold his feet to the fire and demand voter hand-marked
and verified paper ballots, meaningful audits of all elections,
and other improvements!
In other news, election night
server issues and other weird goings-on were again reported yesterday.
For example, in Ohio the state election results website (posted
by the Ohio Secretary of State's office) went down almost within
the minute of the time it went down in 2004. This year, however,
the results did not flip when the site came back up, as occured
eight years ago.
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