Fighting in the Heart of Liberal Madison for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This blog will focus on liberal hypocrisy and the small, but significant victories of the right at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

29 March 2006

Voting...America's National Pastime

I was going to post this piece this morning, but didn't publish it b/c I had class:

As we all go off and vote in the ASM elections and soon city elections concerns of election irregularities reign supreme.

ASM in the past has had problems even keeping track of the votes. My concern is with the pastime of voting socially. People used to go into the polls and vote together.

I guess I am a bit old fashioned, but I like paper ballots.

After class, I tried to get some of my friends to vote and found out that ASM messed up again.

As of Wednesday morning, an unprecedented 15% of the UW student body had already cast votes in the Spring 2006 ASM elections. Wednesday’s numbers far exceeded voter turnout projections when compared to previous elections.

While ASM is pleased to see such a rise in participatory democracy, it has created an unpredicted technical concern in the voting system. As a result ASM has announced that it will postpone elections in order to review the system and ensure that every student has opportunity to cast an equal vote and have their voices heard.

This is absolute irresponsible on the part of the ASM elections committee. They should always hope for the best and plan for the worst.

The best of course that all eligible students will vote in the election. And perhaps all of them would vote for themselves.

This failure again within a couple of years shows the repetitive incompetence of the student government here.

There should not have to be a postponement of elections. The results should NOT have had to be erased. This is not how elections are to be conducted in America and is not a good example for the future

It seems that ASM may not have been so forth comming as to the problems with the electronic election system and a full report should be made immediately as to why the problem was caused and why the system was not able to handle such a 'high' turnout.

I am frustrated by this happening again, as I was a poll worker in the fall of 2003 when the elections had to be rescheduled.

Elizabeth Conklin, manager of DoIT’s Internal Applications group, which maintains the election software said DoIT is responsible for the incident.

“DoIT accepts full and complete responsibility for this unfortunate incident,” she said. “The ballots were lost due to a failure on our part to completely reset the election system after it was successfully tested ahead of the election. We’ve taken steps to ensure that this will not happen again.”

Well it happened again...


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