If you were one of the people who got stuck in long lines last election day, then you already know that the Board of Election’s new electronic voting scanners suck. The machines, which the public was told were as “easy as 1-2-3,” instead had many voters counting the hours they had to stand in line at polling stations across the city.
Now, while your humble blogger is no expert on voting technology, my own layman’s observations last November led me to believe that the BOE had essentially turned the following two step process:
- Wait on line to find your name on a list.
- Wait on line at booth and vote.
into [at least] a three step process:
- Wait to find your name.
- Wait on line to vote.
- Wait on yet another line and scan vote – which for many people included the additional step of waiting for a BOE employee to help scan their ballots.
But wait, it gets even better.