Misfiring voting machine in PA…

It’s still early morning in Pittsburgh, and Stewart’s not long up. I’ll keep posting his bulletins as he keeps sending them back… In this one he carries a report of all four voting machines misfiring on start up one of the poorer areas just outside Pittsburgh…

A couple and I mean a couple of hours sleep followed by a 5am scrub at the local YMCA and we are off and running although with the polls open now we are in the middle of an eerie period of calm, our canvassers dont start going out for another 30 mins and our phone bankers an hour from now.

We have legal advice on standby for each area to ward off any type of voter suppression, so far nothing, we have only had issues with getting poll watchers into the stations, which is sorted.

It is pretty much back to basics today, will be knocking alot of doors and watching a lot of polling stations but everyone is hyped up and I firmly believe that all the ground work has been done, so today should be smooth – as far as efficiency, use of resources and getting the vote out. (literally knocks on wood).

Update: Just heard that the machines are broken in the most disadvantaged community in the area (Craford and McKeesport…99% african american and all of the machines are down…already….hopefully just an early glitch.

  • KieranJ

    I’d be careful about where I received information if I were you, Mick. Particularly when you’re not familiar with the terrain :

    Races in McKeesport:

    White Non-Hispanic (71.7%)
    Black (24.5%)
    Two or more races (2.1%)
    Hispanic (1.5%)
    American Indian (0.7%)
    Other race (0.6%)

  • 6countyprod

    So what’s the race breakdown in Philly where systematic fraud is apparently already taking place?

  • 6countyprod

    There doesn’t appear to be any problem with the machines where this lady has been voting:
    http://www.electionjournal.org/2008/11/03/obama-staffer-registered-in-three-states-voted-in-two/

    Is this why Obama supporters needed the day off work to vote?

  • Just heard that the machines are broken in the most disadvantaged community in the area (Craford and McKeesport…99% african american and all of the machines are down

    You know, my ballot paper broke down in the last election… doh!

  • joeCanuck

    Some polling stations have gone to paper ballot back-ups because of malfunctioning electronic machines.

  • stewart

    The machines in question were fixed, they had to revert to paper ballots and only two people chose not to vote that way, they will have to return later in the day.

    It is a small polling station in Crawford village, what exactly is inaccurate about that KieranJ, you seem to have something negative to say about almost everything. Mick knows me and that I would never intentionally give him a bum steer.

  • A N Other

    Stewart,

    Your email address intrigues me….

    A PUP & Obama supporter??

    Jaysus wept….I’d have thought they were mutually exclusive!!

  • Why is it so hard to organise an election in America.A world super power that cannot organise an election in their own country.
    Maybe they should put a moratorium against invading other countries until they can prove that they are competent to organise their own elections.

    Some one with a suspicious mind would suspect that they did not want people from poorer districts to exercise their democratic right.

  • 6countyprod
  • stewart

    AN Other

    Not even a hint of a contradiction or being ‘mutually exclusive’ and I dont see why you should think it would be.

  • You’re the chap who was on the radio yesterday I’m guessing?

  • earnan

    http://townhall.com/blog/g/cf47766b-5a6d-44ab-95e7-ce60631bcadc

    If this was the other way around there would be riots

  • earnan

    Apologies on that last post, that link was already put up.

    I voted this morning. (I live in northern Virginia, (Arlington County to be exact)). My county will go democrat but my state is about even and will be very close. (Bush won it in 04)

    By far the longest lines I have ever seen at the polling station. Also saw more minorities voting than I have ever seen as well (it’s great when the people in front of me in line are chatting in spanish…I wonder how many illegals will be voting all over the country today for Obama). I got there an hour before the polling station opened and still had to wait 1 and a half hours.

    Outside the polling station there was about an equal amount of McCain and Obama supporters with posters and what not.

    On my morning commute at almost every intersection there would be McCain or Obama supporters holding up huge banners and signs. I found this humorous–there would be a ‘Honk for Obama’ sign and about 20 yards down the road on the other side there would be a ‘Honk for McCain’ sign. So there was a lot of honking going on but it was hard to tell who they were honking for.

    All in all, an interesting experience so far. It will def be the highest voter turnout since 1960.

  • A PUP & Obama supporter??

    Any PUP person I’ve spoken to about the American election was supporting Obama.

    (it’s great when the people in front of me in line are chatting in spanish…I wonder how many illegals will be voting all over the country today for Obama).

    Yes, that’s right, no real live US Citizens would ever chat to one another in Spanish; I love the way the Republicans have stopped bragging that Latinos would never voted for a black guy and would prefer immigration-reformer McCain, to moaning that all these beaner wetbacks are going to steal the election for Obama.

    Into the dustbin of history. ROFFFLE!

  • Dan Breen’s Revolver

    Sammy

    Of course there are many citizens who speak amongst each other in langauges other than English. My neighbor is from Pakistan, she and her family speak in their langauge when they get togther; she is also one of the best citizens I have met.

    However, I was referring to the numerous cases, particularly eggregious in California, where organizations (such as ACORN) have been caught registering and attempting to register illegal immigrants en masse.

    I guess I should have made that clear.

  • 6countyprod

    From the photos I’ve seen of long queues, it looks like only African-Americans are voting today. Well, at least McCain gets the Alien endorsement!

    And, Palin is looking pretty confident, campaigning to the last.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    blinding: “Why is it so hard to organise an election in America.A world super power that cannot organise an election in their own country. ”

    Because elections are not organized on the national or even, usually, the state level. They usually are organized on county and town levels. Thus, there are differing methods, etc.

    blinding: “Some one with a suspicious mind would suspect that they did not want people from poorer districts to exercise their democratic right. ”

    Best take care of that one-eye — wouldn’t want you to over-use it.

    We have had the spectacle of Obama staffers seeking to vote illegally in battleground states, cudgel-wielding Black Panther Party goons at Philadelphia polls to intimidate voters, Republican poll-watchers barred from polling places in defiance of judicial order, et al and ad nauseum.

  • reply to Dread Cthulhu.

    If the will was there the election would be well run.

    Afterall when America wants to they can do anything.(there own publicity)
    The world super power that cannot run an election in its own country.
    Its a a shambles because the power brokers in America are happy with it this way

    I did not actually say which party was going to loose out by this laissé faire shambles of an election.
    Many third world countries could organise an election better than this.Not to mention that they know exactly when the election is going to take place.

  • Earnan

    I would venture that our country still holds up well against other democracies of our size. The total percentage of polling places with problems is astronomically low.