Voting in Missouri makes me feel like I’ve stepped back in time to the 1960’s. The process works like this:
- Bring your paper election notice with you and give it to the person at the table
- They don’t check id. They do find your name in the paper book and put their initials by your name
- You get one of three punch cards, depending upon your party affiliation.
- You then go to a little booth, slide the punch card into a REALLY old “contraption”, and punch a hole by your candidate.
The holes don’t align. The card won’t really slide in all the way…I was thinking “I wish I had my camera so I could take a picture of this and post it on my weblog”.
Seriously, the holes on the card are misaligned with the little voting contraption booklet by at least 1/8″. Thankfully they have numbers, so I was able to inspect the card to see if I actually punched the right number.
The good news is that in the primary, you only have one hole to punch. With dozens of holes to punch in the general election this November, I don’t have a lot of confidence in this particular technology.
Can a high-tech voting solution save us?