From today’s Washington Post:
Faced with a surge in voter registrations leading up to Nov. 4, election officials across the country are bracing for long lines, equipment failures and confusion over polling procedures that could cost thousands the chance to cast a ballot.
The crush of voters will strain a system already in the midst of transformation, with jurisdictions introducing new machines and rules to avoid the catastrophe of the deadlocked 2000 election and the lingering controversy over the 2004 outcome. Even within the past few months, cities and counties have revamped their processes: Nine million voters, including many in the battleground states of
Ohio, Floridaand , will use equipment that has changed since March. Colorado
But the widespread changes meant to reassure the public have also increased the potential for trouble.
We’re pleased to see that the media’s taking seriously the concerns of the voting rights community about the problems that are plaguing the electoral system. We’ve already seen increased pressure on our overburdened electoral system with the heightened voter turnout during the 2008 primary season – registration processing, machine failures, voter ID requirements, and poll worker training to name a few – problems that were documented in the report “Will Problems in Early Primaries Affect the Buckeye State?
People For has developed helpful toolkits for voters where they can find important information like the voter registration deadline, dates for early voting, and the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot. They’ve also explain what constitutes the proper ID you’ll need at polling precincts on Election Day.