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superyooser's Journal: Voting machine autocorrects your vote 3

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Voting at the polling station in my precinct was done via touch screens. For governor, I touched my finger to Republican, but it highlighted the Democrat below. Whew, that was close! The computer saved me from voting for a greedy, racist, bigoted, homophobic Neanderthal.

For v2.0, they should have a full-blown Clippy Voting Assistant.

Warning! It looks like you are casting a ballot for a Republican. Would you like help to:
* Vote Democrat
* Write in Hillary Clinton
* Write in Muqtada al-Sadr, a "legitimate voice" for the people
* Contribute to the Democratic National Committee
* Get directions to the DNC's nearest Democratic People's Re-education Kamp (DPRK)

Seriously, the machine really did not select what my finger selected, but I was able to correct it easily. I played around selecting and de-selecting for a while. When I touched Republican, sometimes it selected Republican and sometimes it selected Democrat. But touching Democrat always selected Democrat. I observed this behavior only on the governor part of the ballot. I actually do not suspect foul play. However, let this be a warning if you're voting in a rush: Slow down and make sure that the machine's UI feedback matches with what you intended to select.

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