A friend of mine voted this morning. He lives in the Kalamazoo, MI, area, though his actual address may be Portage or something else. He reported that the optical scanner for the color-in-the circle ballots used in his precint wasn’t working.
This is one of the major reasons that electronic voting machines are a BAD IDEA.
My friend filled out his ballot as usual. If the scanner cannot be fixed, the ballots can be hand-counted. The voters can vote without any hiccups. No one is frozen out.
If/when this happens in a precinct with electronic voting machines, the place will SHUT DOWN until the problem is fixed. There will be no paper records to count, at least in many places.
And for all the worry about software glitches and hackers messing with the results on electronic machines, what about the possibility of sabatoging the electrical supply to certain precints on election day? You don’t have to be a software geek to pull that one off.