You’d think they would have learned the first time.
After the last presidential election fiasco, the state’s county
clerk’s offices should have been ready for every snag or difficulty
imaginable. You would think four years would have been sufficient
to fix any loopholes.
But there are loopholes this year.
Some people are actually registered to vote twice. An estimated
1,000 voters registered twice just in Larimer County, said Scott
Doyle, Larimer County clerk. And 55,000 voters double-registered
statewide, according to the secretary of state’s office. In our
time of technological advancement, perhaps a machine could be made
to type a few names and numbers into and blink if the same Social
Security number pops up twice.
And some people are not registered at all.
Many people have supplied their personal information in order to
take part in our democratic process – now their forms are missing.
Who knows who has access to their personal information now?
Too many different organizations took registration forms with no
standardized procedure, and now the voters are paying. This
election is complicated enough without people screwing up what
they’ve had four years to prepare for.
On Nov. 3, maybe all the election planners should get together
and start on their next project, because we all know they’ll need
every day of the next four years.