I slipped away from my home office to vote this morning, and it was fast and easy.

Andrew Conry Murray, Director of Content & Community, Interop

November 4, 2008

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I slipped away from my home office to vote this morning, and it was fast and easy.The media has warned of potential chaos due to high turnout, problematic purges of voter rolls, buggy voting machines, and sneaky tricks instructing one party to vote tomorrow instead of today.

I live in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, and voters were lining up early this morning across the state. The Post-Gazette reports some long lines and a few problems with voting machines.

We were prepared to stand on line for hours, but our local fire station was practically empty. My wife and I arrived around 10 a.m. and didn't even have to wait in line. We were done in less than 10 minutes. I presume the real rush will start around 4 p.m. as people get off work.

Our county uses touch-screen electronic voting machines, which I'm suspicious of. I'd prefer optical scan machines, or at least a touch-screen system than provides a paper backup of my selections. But so far, so good.

Let's hope the process is as smooth for the rest of the country as it was this morning at our polling place. Let us know how voting is proceeding in your area.

About the Author(s)

Andrew Conry Murray

Director of Content & Community, Interop

Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop.

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