Patience is a virtue, which may be useful for US elections these days:
“Patience (or forbearance ) is the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay; tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger; or forbearance when under strain…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patience
On October 25th, The Texas Civil Rights Project @TXCivilRights sent out an alert saying that they “have received multiple reports from voters who voted straight-ticket, then saw on a later screen that their votes were changed to that of the opposite party. You must check your ballot before casting to ensure it’s correct, and you can ask a poll worker for help“. See: https://twitter.com/TXCivilRights/status/1055510080387452929?
According to NBC news Dallas/Forth Worth: Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia have similar machines in use.
Additionally, since many of US voting machines are old, many voting machines may be slow due to outdated software and/or worn out hardware.
Thus, having patience, and carefully checking your ballot before pressing the final button (or whatever you call it) to cast your ballot, seems to be advisable for voting everywhere.
From the Texas (Republican) Secretary of State: “ADVISORY: Secretary Pablos Provides Additional Guidance To Voters, Election Officials Regarding Hart eSlate Electronic Voting Systems In 82 Texas Counties
“Each eligible Texas voter heading to the polls during this final week of Early Voting and on Election Day can rest assured that their vote will be cast and counted exactly as they intended“, October 27, 2018 https://archive.is/PrM9s
Important exerpt from the advisory:
“I hereby ask all Texans to pass along this message to their friends, neighbors, and families in order to help stop the rampant dissemination of misinformation, which is unduly causing great consternation for Texas voters and eroding trust in our election system.”
Secretary Pablos issued the following guidance to voters and has instructed county election officials to amplify these tips for voters casting ballots in the 82 Texas counties that have chosen to employ Hart Intercivic eSlate voting machines in their elections:
* When voting a straight-party ballot, wait at least 3-5 seconds for all choices to be rendered on the eSlate voting machines. Counties in which voters have longer ballots may require additional time to allow the screens to load fully.
* Once all the candidate choices for that particular party have been fully loaded, take your time to slowly review each choice in each race before advancing to the next screen.
* When advancing to the next screen, be sure the screen is fully loaded before scrolling through to the subsequent pages.
* Once you have reached the summary page, carefully review each choice listed to ensure the candidate selected is, in fact, the candidate for whom you wish to cast your vote.
* If you find that one or more of your choices are displayed incorrectly on the summary page, hit the ‘PREV’ button and choose the candidate for whom you wish to cast your vote.
* If any issues persist, ask for assistance from an poll worker at your polling location, and the poll worker will ensure that the machine is working properly and advise you on the proper steps to take to cast a ballot with only the candidates of your choosing.
As an additional resource in order to ensure that voters are able to operate the machines effectively, voters casting their ballots on eSlate voting machines can take a test run of a simulated eSlate voting machine with an interactive online application
available by visiting VoteTexas.gov.
Below, please find a list of Texas counties that use Hart Intercivic’s eSlate electronic voting machines in their elections. If you are voting in these counties, please make sure you ask the election officials at the polling sites for assistance, if needed:
* Deaf Smith
* Fort Bend
* Jim Hogg
* Jim Wells
* La Salle
* Red River
* Tom Green
* Wood Entire original archived here: https://archive.is/PrM9s
Emphasis our own.
“Some Voters Report Problems With a Certain Type of Voting Machine“, By Julie Fine and Will Weissert, Oct 25, 2018 at 5:13 PM https://archive.is/https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Some-Voters-Report-Problems-With-a-Certain-Type-of-Voting-Machine-498582781.html