The Poll Workers Strike….and So Do Voters!

The Ohio elections yesterday had some interesting incidents.

STRIKE ONE. Not surprisingly, a polling placein Cuyahoga County did not open on time because poll workers failed to show up. It was not until 1:00, more than 6 and a half hours after it was supposed to! As a consquence, the Associated Press notes that “Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell issued an order to keep the polling site open until 9:30 p.m. at the request of U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones.” Mike and I have written before about the problems associated with poll site voting and this is an example of the problems at arise. People get potentially disenfranchised because of the actions of temporary workers.

STRIKE TWO: This is so weird I am going to copy it from WKYC in full:

CLEVELAND — At a voting location on Jennings Road, a voter there took his rage out on an electronic voting machine. Poll workers say he started banging on the machines and broke two of them. Cleveland police say 61-year-old Marc Fenster walked in around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses say he said a few words and then started beating on the machines. Poll workers restrained the man until police arrived. The Board of Elections says the memory cards in the machines still have votes. And those votes will be counted after the polls close.

A nice summary of problems and snafu’s in the election–from machine problems to printer breakdowns–can be found in the San Jose Mercury News.