Swing State Machinations

This is what a Michigan ballot looks like.

This is what a Florida ballot looked like last election.

Insanity. Deliberate and verging on malicious.

Dare to compare, this
is an Elections Canada standard ballot. Gather around, children; today we’re going to learn about arbitrary bureaucratic obscurantism. Don’t forget, the public is not to be trusted!

10 Comments

  1. Zeynep
    Posted October 7, 2004 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Apparently, corrections have been issued or something.

    Where I read that correction news, a commenter, very rightfully, said “And how many people are going to throw those away unopened because they have already received a ballot?”

    How the hell do you make such a mistake!? I hate being conspiracy theorist and all, but as you said, this is insanity, deliberate and verging on malicious.

  2. John
    Posted October 7, 2004 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Is it just me, or will a machine read all votes punched on the line beside “Kerry” as votes for Bush? Or is this a human-read ballot – and *can* you even punch out beside Bush, even though there’s no arrow for it?

  3. John
    Posted October 7, 2004 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Is it just me, or will a machine read all votes punched on the line beside “Kerry” as votes for Bush? Or is this a human-read ballot – and *can* you even punch out beside Bush, even though there’s no arrow for it?

  4. Mike Hoye
    Posted October 7, 2004 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    That’s a very interesting off-by-one problem, isn’t it?

  5. Posted October 7, 2004 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    As a litmus test for determining your “Canadian, eh?” factor, look at the Michigan ballot and measure how long it takes before you wonder to yourself: “Scotty Boman is running for State Board under the Libertarian ticket?”

  6. Posted October 8, 2004 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    For the conspiracy theorist in you … here’s a screenshot of a US ABC affiliate’s web page, running an AP article that declares Bush the winner of the 2004 election.

  7. Mike Hoye
    Posted October 8, 2004 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    The liberal media? Say it ain’t so!

  8. Posted October 11, 2004 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Apart from what I’m assuming is a printing error, the Michigan one seems fairly straightforward — certainly easier to understand than that odd Canadian one with half the words in French. (What are those perforation lines for? Do you have to tear it?)

  9. Posted October 12, 2004 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1325120,00.html

  10. Melanie
    Posted October 12, 2004 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Funny, I was going to say the Canadian one didn’t look so bad compared with the Michigan one. At least you can’t accidentally vote for the wrong candidate.