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10/06/2010 09:22 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Unqualified Workers Led To Primary Day Polling Mishaps

The fiasco on Primary Day last month, when some polling stations opened late and new equipment failed to record votes, was more than a failure of new technology. It was the result of a series of errors by human beings, including those in decision-making positions at the Board of Elections.

Unqualified workers were hired to supervise the voting process. Some workers received no training, despite the fact that voters were confronted with an entirely new voting system--one that, weirdly, was advertised as the latest in high technology even though it required the use of paper ballots. The Board of Elections waited until the last minute to test the new system, having declined to participate in a pilot program last year.

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