Early voting has started in some parts of the country leading up to the November 4 elections. While early voting has gone smoothly in many areas, some voters in South Carolina, Florida, and Ohio faced inoperable machines, resulting in delays. Several voters in West Virginia reported that when they attempted to register a vote for Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama, their voting machines instead registered a vote for Republican Party candidate John McCain. Several voters in Decatur County, Tennessee, however, faced the opposite problem, seeing attempted McCain votes registering as votes for Obama. And researchers released an analysis of one voting machine system, the Sequoia AVC Advantage 9.0, alleging that the machine "is too insecure to use in New Jersey. "
In this segment, we'll check in on how new voting machines and methods are working, and talk about potential improvements in voting technology. Would it be possible to develop a consistent system for voting across the nation? Would making the voting machine software open-source improve the security of elections?
Produced by Annette Heist, Senior Producer