Tuesday, May 02, 2006

reports from the future

what is up with this indy star article, titled "Voters are few and so are problems"?

first up, take a look at the dateline: 12:00 AM May 3, 2006. if you don't see anything unusual about that, check the date at the bottom of this post. according to the dateline, the star article hasn't even been filed yet, and won't be for another 9 hours. that's impressive.

if that isn't weird enough, check out this passage (emphasis mine):

Secretary of State Todd Rokita, inspecting a voting station that included six precincts at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, this morning predicted a statewide voter turnout of between 20 and 25 percent.

The Marion County turnout may be even lower -- between 12 and 15 percent of registered voters, County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler predicted.
That would be consistent with turnouts in non-presidential election years. The rainy weather also may be dampening turnout.

As of 11 p.m., only about 100 people had voted in the museum's six precincts combined.

11pm? i thought polls closed at 6pm! (this is probably a typo and should've said 11am, but the two glitches together make for an amusing coincidence.)

since the star is apparently filing articles from the TARDIS, you would hope they would go ahead and tell us who wins, but no dice. i guess we'll have to wait for that news.

the article also includes this anecdote:

Rep. Julia Carson, D-Ind., caused a momentary problem when she showed her congressional ID to precinct workers. The ID does not have an expiration date as required by the new state law. A Republican poll inspector declared it a valid ID and Carson cast her ballot.

it's nice that the poll worker decided not to disenfranchise julia carson. even though her congressional id is technically not legal according to the voter id law, the last thing todd rokita needs is a bunch of news stories about our congressional representative being forced to use a provisional ballot.

update: the story has been updated, and the dateline changed. but that bit about only 100 people voting by 11pm is still there.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

We were scratching our heads at the "few problems" reporting last night on the evening news, considering there wasn't exactly time for word of problems and disenfranchisement to come out by that point.

I thought it was interesting that in my precinct, the voting machine wasn't turned on or working. I place my ballot into a box on the machine, but it didn't go into the scanner that records the number of ballots submitted, the way it did in the last few elections.