Tuesday, November 10, 2009 12:30 AM EST
I would like to make a statement about the new voting system that was used in the Sterling Town Hall, Nov. 3. It was an absolute atrocity!
Here are some of the reasons:
1. The privacy of the voting process was practically non-existent. We had to “color” in our choices in view of anyone that wanted to glance over our shoulder and check our entries on the voting sheet. If there is anything that we don't want to lose, it is our right to a secret ballot including the privacy of the enclosed voting booth.
2. The new system is archaic. The mechanical machines were more technically advanced. In this high tech day and age, surely a better system could be utilized.
3. It is physically difficult for many people to do the coloring. People with handicaps, arthritic conditions, or simply those with poor motor skills are severely challenged with this type of task. Many sheets were rejected by the machine and had to be counted separately.
4. As far as I can see, it would be impossible to correct a mistake if one was made. I doubt if an erasure could be made.
My suggestion would be to never use this system again. Either return to the mechanical voting machines or come up with an electronic device that would simulate the voting process that everyone is used to. It should be well within the realm of technology to make a computer touch screen that would be simple and quick and would look identical to the normal voting machine that everyone is used to.
I also fail to see what advantage there is to combining the three voting areas into one building. It still requires the same number of people. Quite frankly, when we went down, it was a zoo in there and it was not overly crowded with voters. I would like to suggest that we return to voting in our own area as we did for many years. No one was doing anything wrong; there is simply too many people and activities going on in a room that is too small.
Please understand that I am not finding any fault with the workers. They were most helpful and sympathetic with the plight of the voters. I would strongly suggest that you interview them to get their perspective on this new voting process.
Phillip T. Eno