Re: election: I wonder.....

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Sat Nov 11 2000 - 09:23:14 MST

Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> wrote,
> > This is *doctors* dealing with *yes/no* boxes. What amazes me about the
> > Palm Beach business is not that 2% did their ballots wrong but that 98%
> > did them right.
> I agree. I do human interface as a hobby. I am hearing more and more ways
> that people screwed up the Palm Beach ballot. I never dreamed there could
> be that many ways to do it wrong! Here are some ways I have heard. I
> couldn't think these up by myself if I tried!
> - punch second hole to choose second candidate listed (Buchanan vote)
> - count down to the fifth hole to punch it instead of punching the hole
> numbered 5

[long list of boneheadisms snipped]

Some people think that we need poll testing for literacy, numeracy, and
basic civic knowledge, so that the voters have to be somewhat
knowledgeable- but making the ballot *itself* the test is a stroke of

Doug Jones, Rocket Plumber
XCOR Aerospace

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