The November 4 Simulator
Practice until it’s second nature.
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Pretty much sums up the mind set, doesn’t it?
Posted by: vanderleun | October 2, 2008 1:25 AM
this is how you guys vote? weird.
Posted by: nickf | October 2, 2008 3:08 AM
If Obama wins the 2008 election, this is exactly how all future ballots will function. The only choice will be Obama, as any other option would be blasphemy.
Posted by: DavidR | October 2, 2008 3:55 AM
What is that machine?
Posted by: Marcus | October 2, 2008 4:13 AM
I don’t get it. Anyway, I’m voting 3rd party across the board. I can’t stand the republicans or democrats.
Posted by: linkerjpatrick | October 2, 2008 9:06 AM
So is every voting machine an abandoned steampunk component? No wonder your country has such trouble with elections. :)
Posted by: Cam | October 2, 2008 9:14 AM
here in italy we do things the ancient way: with a gun pointed to our heads… errr… no, that will be the next election if things keep going this way…
a little more seriously, we really do it the ancient way, we draw a cross on the name of the candidate printed on a paper ballot.
simpler, cheaper and a little more difficult to manipulate than a windows based computer…
Posted by: Marcello | October 2, 2008 10:04 AM
But first of all, Marcello, we don’t vote for a person, but for a symbol. And not for our President.
I really don’t understand how the US voting machine works. Does it make a hole in the paper?
Posted by: Mr Oz aka Alessio Gianni | October 2, 2008 12:06 PM
Different states use different voting machines, but New York City uses the Shoup Lever Voting Machine, which is the machine pictured above. This site has instructions on using the lever machines. -David
Posted by: David | October 2, 2008 12:22 PM
The way the voting system in the US works is that you have the major parties of counties that pay off companies like Diebold so that their touchscreen or optical scanners come up with the tally that you want. You also make sure that the districts that will vote against your guy get fewer machines per capita, forcing people to wait in 8 hour lines, which most just don’t.
(They’ve found executable code on the memory cards for the optical scanner machines which was designed to change the tallies and one woman went dumpster diving and found the AR documents proving payments from the two parties in various districts. Parties should not be paying Diebold for anything, the counties buy the machines. Watch the “Hacking Democracy” documentary.)
Posted by: paul | October 3, 2008 2:28 PM
Is this a gag, or do Americans really vote using machinery (and typefaces) from the 50s?
Posted by: Joyce | October 3, 2008 5:02 PM
Hey, everyone. I really like that Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up” so I thought I’d post a link to the video on YouTube so everyone can watch it. Click here to check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/magazine/06Vote-t.html
Posted by: Aaron | October 5, 2008 11:25 AM
Oh god… the dreaded REVERSE RICKROLL!
Posted by: 7b | October 7, 2008 4:34 PM
Reverse Rickroll? Oooh, he got me!! Hee.
Posted by: Jen | October 14, 2008 10:33 PM
Have never been more disappointed in my life
Posted by: Maria | August 16, 2009 8:49 PM