Well here we are the 6th of November and it's snowing, and it also happens to be election day. So for the first time in three years, I was able to vote in person.
I voted in a church, which always upsets me, I'm a huge stickler for separation of church and state and even the idea of voting in a church I find a bit disconcerting. Another disturbing thing to occur was my fair home town has went electronic. E-voting is a horrible idea, but at least the machines I voted on left a paper trail, which (in theory) can be verified. Still, I think we need to go paper ballot all the way. Most democracies vote that way for a reason. Another upsetting thing was I did not see any polling groups. Which - I know - it's only a little city in Ohio voting for such "critical" issues as mayor and should patrons be allowed to touch exotic dancers. Not exactly life or death issues of high government, but it was still upsetting. Exit polling is the front line in detecting voter fraud and is vital to the necessary transparency of democracy. The statistical analysis powerhouse, Was The 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? raises serous questions about the solvency of our democracy as well as the concerted effort by many politicians to abandon exit polling all together.
We need paper trails and exit polls now more than ever.
And as a special bonus I give you Keith Olbermann's Special Comment from last night (11-5) show (regrettably broken into two chunks as the whole version was incomplete):