More Voting Headaches Ahead?

Publication: The National Journal

Author: Eliza Newlin Carney


11/01/2010 - In theory, the nation’s voting system should function better in this midterm than in many past elections. After a turbulent decade of adjusting to new rules, new machines and new voters, election officials have started to work out the kinks, experts say.

“I actually am cautiously optimistic,” said Daniel Tokaji, a professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. “We’re now getting to the point where local election officials and poll workers are becoming more familiar with voting requirements. And I may be foolish, but I’m expecting fewer problems this time around.”

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“Today’s election officials are better trained, more resourceful and more aware of the potential for error than their predecessors were,” said Doug Chapin, director of election initiatives for the Pew Center on the States. “This generation who’s grown up under the microscope is far more savvy about what might go wrong and building firewalls than folks in the past might have been.

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