Election News With Meg
Hi, I am Meg. Keeping up with all the happenings in the news is my job. This is no easy task. There is local, state, national and international news to consider. We will start with a couple of stories a day.
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The right to vote is every American citizens' greatest honor and duty. We're brought up being taught that voting for our political representatives gives us power; it helps us believe that anyone can have an impact on our government if they go out to vote on Election Day.
Voting has come a long way in America, and especially since the invention of the Internet. Although it is an arguably new technology, thirty-three out of our fifty states have reported they will be allowing some form of Internet voting in the upcoming November elections.
But isn't that jumping the gun a little bit? Bruce McConnell - a senior cybersecurity adviser at the Department of Homeland Security - thinks so. He told a meeting of state and local election officials that, "It is premature to deploy Internet voting in real elections at this time." He went on to say that our current Internet voting technology is immature and under-resourced; which is clearly not a strong show of confidence for something as important as the security of our vote. (Continues)
Election judge drama has been reported in Cook County yet again. This year, the Cook County Clerk's office reported two drunk election judges, as well as one judge who had to be ordered to stop selling candy to voters. CBS Chicago reported that of those two drunk election judges, one of them eventually had to be hospitalized. More embarrassing than that are the 2010 reports of what went on in Cook County's polling places. Four Chicago election judges were arrested in 2010; two for showing up drunk, one for groping a fellow female judge, and the fourth judge was arrested for getting pushy with a voter when taking their ballot. That isn't even getting into the technological issues our most recent election has had. Results were slowed in 25 counties after it was discovered that the ballots were too large for the scanning machine that is used to tabulate the votes. Although this glitch was blamed on the graphics company that printed the ballots, I can't help but wonder about the security measures that should be in place to prevent this sort of thing from happening... With all of the mistakes and drama surrounding the recent election, maybe it isn't a surprise that the 24% of Chicagoans voting is the lowest voter turnout in a presidental primary in 70 years. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/21/illinois-primary-drunk-ju_n_1369700.html]