Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Roosevelt Island Presidential Primary Voting Machine Malfunction - At Least We Won't Need the Supreme Court to Decide The Election This Time

Ballot Examination Image from MSNBC

According to a Main Street WIRE email bulletin, there were significant problems with the voting machines used on Roosevelt Island for yesterday's Democratic and Republican Presidential Primary elections. As reported by the WIRE:
Island Results in the Presidential Primary will not be available for about two weeks, according to the City Board of Elections. At the conclusion of voting, poll workers were unable to open more than half the machines, and full counts were not available. Where counts were available, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seemed to be running about even on the Island. The same was true for Mitt Romney and John McCain in the GOP primary voting on the Island.
Thankfully these voting machine problems will not rise anywhere near the level of the 2000 Florida "hanging chads" debacle.

The national results in the Democratic Primary appear to be a dead heat between Senator Obama and Senator Clinton while on the Republican side Senator McCain is close to wrapping up the nomination.

The Politico is reporting that by Obama winning 13 state primary elections to Clinton's 8, notwithstanding that Clinton's victories were in larger states such as in New York, California and New Jersey. Obama has a slight lead in the actual delegate count.
NBC News, which is projecting delegates based on the Democratic Party's complex formula, figures Obama will wind up with 840 to 849 delegates, versus 829 to 838 for Clinton.

Clinton was portrayed in many news accounts as the night’s big winner, but Obama’s campaign says he wound up with a higher total where it really counts — the delegates who will choose the party’s nominee at this summer’s Democratic convention.
I hope this little girl knows her Presidents.

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