The Ballot Box

Monday, September 13, 2010

Juan Carlos "J.C." Polanco, NYC Board of Elections commissioner, walks Brian through the new voting methods for tomorrow's elections. Then Jessica Friedman Hewitt, former managing director of AIGA's Design for Democracy, looks at the design of new ballot that will be used in tomorrow's New York primary.

More on the new ballot: "Vote the New Way" from the Board of Elections.


Jessica Friedman Hewitt and Juan Carlos "J.C." Polanco

Comments [7]

Henry from Katonah

Since I first starting listen to your show in November 2000 after the Florida mis-vote, I have to enjoy your comment about Palm Beach county's ballot faulty design being the cause of George Bush's (s)election as president.
With the margin of Bush's "victory" being SO much smaller than the margin of error, the election of 2000 SHOULD have caused a total re-examination of our election law, instead of a modernization of our voting methods.
The subject of a future show?
- A loyal listener for almost 10 years,

Sep. 13 2010 11:41 AM
Rob from the Bronx

Very clever strategy, writing in Leonard so that you can annex his time slot! Hmm.

Sep. 13 2010 11:25 AM

How stupid do you have to be not be able to figure out how to vote? It seems so easy no matter what form or ballot you use.

Sep. 13 2010 11:23 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Where's the link to the annotated ballot? I don't see it on the "It's a Free Country" site or on the show page. Is it called something else?

Sep. 13 2010 11:23 AM

The old lever machines were very reliable and not hackable!!! The new ones are not only hackable but can cause people to lose their vote when they make a mistake and a poorly trained inspector gives them the wrong instructions to correct it. And believe me,
there are a lot of poorly trained inspectors!
Unless there is a thorough hand count after
every election, we cannot be sure who really won.

Sep. 13 2010 11:18 AM
Michelle from Nyc

Another disaster waiting to happen. So who makes these devices? and who makes the software to run it?

Sep. 13 2010 11:15 AM
bernie from bklyn

why bother voting? seriously, why bother? citizens united decision has insured that the will of the people is irrelevant.

Sep. 13 2010 11:08 AM

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