Maddow: Election system ‘weak link’ in Obama strategy?

This segment was from The Rachel Maddow Show last evening (Monday).

Raw Story:

One of Barack Obama’s biggest strengths this campaign season has been his ability to compete in states that are not traditionally home to close presidential elections. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow wonders if this could also be a “weak link” in the Democratic candidate’s vaunted operation.

“If you’re counting on winning states that aren’t usually in play come Election Day, then you’re counting on systems that are relatively untested under the weight of unprecedented voter turnout,” Maddow warned Monday night, noting predictions that turnout could rise as much as 15 percent compared to four years ago. “You’re counting on states that aren’t used to the pressure of close presidential elections,” she continued. “That’s like finding out that you’re going to be your doctor’s first open heart surgery patient.”

“Breakdowns and chaos on Election Day are not really bipartisan, they favor the side that benefits from lower turnout — the side that wants the least number of votes cast and counted, as possible,” Maddow says. “And frankly, in all candor, that is the Republican side, as they and conservative activists have self-defined for more than a generation.”
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I will continue to post updates throughout the day of voting problems throughout the country, so check back. I don’t expect the corporate media to do much reporting on actual problems with voting machines..

UPDATE: Election monitors call for extension of VA voting hours

UPDATE 2: EXCLUSIVE: Obama/DNC Incident Report Database Reveals Startling, Wide-Spread Voting Machine Problems Across Nevada During Early Voting

UPDATE 3: Attempted Sabotage Foiled in Deerfield Beach, Florida!

UPDATE 4: 108 Hart InterCivic Voting Machines Removed from Service by Judge in KY

UPDATE 5: NY county says in Spanish that election is Nov. 9

UPDATE 6: Missing and Broken Voting Machines Join Power Outages to Create Voting Problems All Over Los Angeles

UPDATE 7: A northern Kentucky county has shut down more than 100 electronic voting machines after the equipment malfunctioned.

UPDATE 8: VA: ‘Massive’ Machine Malfunctions, Illegal Provisionals, Last Minute Pollsite Moves ‘Plague’ Voters

UPDATE 9: AR: Pre-Election Tests Not Performed Correctly on Touch-Screens, Not Enough Paper Ballots, Voting Delayed

UPDATE 10: PENNSYLVANIA: Lawyers Head to Court On Behalf of Pennsylvania Voters

Philadelphia County Election Officials Fail To Meet Secretary of State’s Orders to Count Emergency Paper Ballots on Election Night – County Claims It Will Count Such Ballots on Friday

UPDATE 11: FLORIDA: Optical Scanning Machines are Malfunctioning

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One thought on “Maddow: Election system ‘weak link’ in Obama strategy?

  1. So no one else gets confused, updates 4 and 7 are about the same machines in the same Kentucky county.

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