I got the
creeps when I voted yesterday.
the ballot was designed to stick out of the cardboard sleeve just enough to be
fed into the vote-counting machine. That guarantees your vote remains private.
man making sure my paper ballot registered correctly had told me to remove the
ballot from the cardboard. And, call me paranoid, as he glanced down at my
sheet, he could see how I voted.
machine at my ballot, he said slowly, “Wait, wait, wait,” and when the machine
indicated my vote had been counted, he said, “Go home.”
didn’t really look at which circles I’d darkened. But he easily could have.
Even by accident. It could be intimidating.
I admit I
liked the old machines. I liked the clicking sound of selecting candidates in a
private booth and the schwing when you yanked the lever to register the vote
and open the curtain.
am in favor of ways that make it faster, easier and more efficient for people
to vote and for votes to be recorded. But election workers need to be trained
to help the voter feed the ballot from the sleeve into the machine. No peeking.