Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Democracy in Action (3)

From The Washington Post:

Hundreds of confused Virginians and some Marylanders jumped the gun yesterday, showing up at polls or calling election officials to find out where to cast ballots, even though the presidential primary is next week.

Virginia and Maryland were not among the 24 Super Tuesday states that voted yesterday, but that word apparently did not make it to some voters. Virginia, Maryland and the District vote on the 12th.

More than 700 people called the Virginia State Board of Elections to ask, "Why aren't my polls opened, and where do I go to vote?" said Susan S. Pollard, a spokeswoman for the board. On a typical day, the board fields 150 to 200 calls.

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Blogger Libertarian Jason said...

Evan... Did you hear the one where a voter's pen ran out of ink, but the polling judge told them that it was "invisible ink" that the machine could read...only to find out later, that pen really had no ink?

Yeah. Democracy rocks.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

I did. Apparently a number of voters had this problem. I don't know if publishers will like it, but I hope to write my next book on the topic of why Americans pay way too much attention to politics, given that politics will for a variety of reasons always disappoint them.

11:23 AM  

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