Hexbyte Tech News Wired Midterm Elections 2018: Voting Machine Meltdowns Are Normal—That’s the Problem

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Charles Mostoller/Reuters

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Charles Mostoller/Reuters

David Weiner counts himself lucky. Sure, he waited an hour to vote at the Brooklyn Public Library along with, he estimates, several hundred other New Yorkers Tuesday afternoon. But, hey, at least he arrived when the last ballot scanner officially broke. That meant he could just fill out his ballot and shove it in a box. The people in line in front of him, the ones who’d been waiting to use that last ballot scanner, said they’d been in line for twice as long.

“The line snaked all the way around the lobby of the public library, which is extremely unusual,” says Weiner, a Brooklyn resident who runs a cannabis media company and has been voting at the same location for three years. “I took that as enthusiasm for voting, but I was sorely mistaken.”

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