Along with the long lines at the polls on Tuesday, there were apparently a number of glitches facing voters. On Twitter, user @dinhzarr arrived at her polling location only to find no ballots with her ANC. Across the Hill and later in the day, Matt Ashburn Tweeted his issues, which included bad organization issues, a broken scanner and little reassurance his vote would be counted. You can read the full story at the City Paper. We also received the following email from a reader, reporting even more issues:
After The Election, Questions of Problems at the Polls
November 8th, 2012 by Claudia Holwill · 5 Comments · Capitol Hill
At the polling station in the North Hall of Eastern Market I was given the wrong ANC ballot. Without asking me for any identification, the lady at the the check-in desk just asked for my name and then wrote 6B02 on my ticket even though I live in 6B03. Without noticing, I handed in my ticket and received a 6B02 ballot. When I started to fill it out I noticed that the people I was expecting to see in the ANC race for my neighborhood did not appear on my ballot, which prompted me to notice that 6B02 was printed on the top of the ballot instead of 6B03. I went back to the desk to explain that I was given the wrong ballot and asked for a 6B03 instead. The person at the desk took back the 6B02 ballot and gave me a new 6B03 ballot without ever asking me for identification or confirming my address in any way. This experience gives me at least four different concerns:
(1) How many other people were given the wrong ANC ballot, never noticed the discrepancy (most people don’t even know what ANC they live in), and ended up casting a ballot for the wrong ANC race?
(2) How many other people can just walk up and receive a ballot without showing any kind of identification and/or request a different ballot without any proof of your address?
(3) It’s possible that the polling volunteer crossed a different person off her list (a 6B02 person) when she meant to cross me off her list (a 6B03 person), which could be the reason that I was given an incorrect 6B02 ballot. Is it possible that the person who was crossed off the list will show up later and not be allowed to vote because their name was inadvertently crossed off instead of my own name? Is it possible that I can show up and vote again because the other person’s name was crossed off instead of mine?
(4) Relying on the polling volunteer to write the correct ANC number on the card you’re given when you first check-in at the desks organized by last name must create a large volume of human errors. They could be inadvertently transposing and writing incorrect ANC numbers down on peoples cards all day long. Perhaps there should be different polling places for each ANC so that each polling station only gives out one kind of ballot.
Kind of makes the whole process seem like a crap shoot. High margin of error to say the least, which is a little disconcerting when a few votes either way can sway a small ANC election.
Did you experience issues trying to cast your vote? Or were things smooth sailing?