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Voting machine problems

September 14, 2010 1:38:43 PM PDT
A "royal screw-up and it's completely unacceptable."

That summation today from New York Mayor Bloomberg about the state of today's primary election in the City. Hizzoner, ticked off again at the Board of Elections, after reports that some election coordinators didn't open the polls on time - with some peeps waiting a couple of hours to vote.

And there were some problems with the new, state-of-the-art voting machines ? the first time New York has used new voting machines since Eisenhower was President. At my polling place there was one scanner that needed fixing when I was there this morning, and there was no shortage of election workers trying to repair it.

I brought my 14 month old daughter - continuing a tradition of bringing the youngins in my family into the voting booth. Although I suppose "voting booth" isn't the accurate description anymore. You take the new ballots and go to a "privacy table," which is nothing more than a ledge that offers anything but privacy. Then you take the ballot and slide it upside down into the scanner, and presto, your vote is counted. Supposedly.

I miss the curtain, where no one can see who you're voting for. One colleague here says she mooshed the ballot to her chest so no one could see how she voted. Not exactly high tech, state-of-the-art stuff.

As for the election itself, we're following the primary races, and we'll have the latest results tonight at 11 - and throughout the night at our website, 7Online.Com.

And under the heading, "what's in a name?" - the makers of high fructose corn syrup, the current pariahs of the healthy food movement, are trying to change the name of their product, without changing the content.

The Corn Refiners Association, clearly brilliant and aware that consumption of high fructose corn syrup ? used in sodas and bread and cereal ? is at a 20-year low, want to re-name corn syrup "corn sugar."

That should really take care of the problem.

I'm just sayin'.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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