The following states go to the polls today: Maine, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia. Statistical information, results analysis tools, problem reports and voting machine issues summarized here.
HEAT ISSUES IN SC, VA - VOTERS: DRINK WATER AND REPORT MACHINE PROBLEMS
If weather is hot, bring bottled water and anticipate sweltering waits. Bring enough to share if you see children or elderly voters who are suffering from the heat.
Add this to the use of new "electronic pollbooks", which also can produce more waiting, and the heat could become a problem. Another computer-unfriendly factor is humidity; voting machines in Georgia have failed in the past due to humidity factors, and today's SC and VA elections are likely to combine both heat and humidity.
Last week, thanks to outstanding work by two volunteers, we published a tool to automate collection of results for analysis. John Howard has now produced a compendium of results links, many including precinct results as they roll in. He has published the compendium for North Dakota and South Carolina, and has been working on Virginia.
John Howard's new results link compendiums:
Morth Dakota: http://www.bbvdocs.org/ND/state/2008June-ND-results-tracking-compendium.htm
South Carolina: http://www.bbvdocs.org/SC/state/2008June-SC-results-tracking-compendium.htm
For tips on how to automate collection of data using Web mirroring or "offline browsing", see this link:
This represents the genius of democracy: Distribution of power. It may look slightly messier on the surface, but tends to be more stable and because it is decentralized, is difficult to corrupt except in urban pockets.
Unlike New Hampshire, which also has an excellent municipality-based voting system, Maine has also enacted tough chain of custody regulations for any recounts.