Lightning Review: Voting Machines (Verdict Pending)

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The Gadget: Touchscreen, punch card and lever voting machines The Price: Free with registration The Verdict: Unclear.There have been lots of criticisms of the betas and early releases of the reliability of the touchscreen models, but all that matters is them working on the release day. And today is finally the release day for these super-hot gadgets after an agonizingly-long two-year marketing push, so expect lines as long as the iPhone lines in certain markets. Plan ahead! We need more hands-on with these, but luckily, they're free for all American citizens today, so go out and use them and then let us know how it went. Take pictures or video if you're up for it. We want a really comprehensive review here, so make sure you use them. They're the most important gadgets you can play with, after all.

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Just back from casting my electronic ballot on a Diebold machine in Ohio and I am happy to report no glitches as far as I could see. The lines were not overly long, the provisional balloting seemed to be working ok (the lady in front of me cast one and the poll workers knew what to do, etc). My only concern is that there were city charter amendments listed in the newspapers that were not on the ballot, and when I asked the poll workers, they knew nothing about them, but said other people has asked as well, so I will be calling city hall or the board of elections later.