When New Jersey announced it would allow voters affected by Hurricane Sandy to cast their votes via e-mail, experts were concerned about the security implications.
During the election, New Jersey’s e-mail voting plan hit a bump in the road when email inboxes began to overflow with votes. According to BuzzFeed, voters from Morris County and Essex County, two of the state’s biggest counties, were unable to cast their ballots. The Essex County clerk even resorted to using his personal Hotmail account to receive votes.
Voters gave their two cents via Twitter while the state attempted to fix the issues on their end by extending the voting deadline.
FWIW, I give a lot of (genuine) credit to NJ for good intentions on emergency voting. But yet here we are.
— matt blaze (@mattblaze) November 6, 2012
— Lauren Goode (@LaurenGoode) November 6, 2012
Trying to email my NJ vote.Not working.Great idea.Too bad it's not working.S.O.S.Please send help. @chrischristie
— Judy Speicher Weiss (@JASWJASW) November 5, 2012
— City of Newark (@CityofNewarkNJ) November 6, 2012
Displaced New York City voters suffered long lines and tech pushbacks. Most voting precincts used the old-school method of paper ballots and scanners, if they had any.
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 6, 2012
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) November 6, 2012
— Jennifer Guillette (@jennguillette) November 6, 2012
— Pins Needles Fashion (@P_N_F) November 6, 2012
40 minute wait at my polling site on W. 23rd street at 9:30 this morn. Voting machines gone; paper ballots & scanner. #NYVote
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) November 6, 2012
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania was in chaos, after a voter took a video of the machine changing his vote from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney. The video later went viral on Reddit and other social networks. The faulty machine was removed.
A similar situation in Ohio led to a lawsuit requesting that some machines be removed from polling places before the day was over. However, a federal judge rejected the move, finding that the system was safe, since it did not have the capability to change election results stored in the software.
— Victoria Weinstein (@peacebang) November 6, 2012
— April Stearns (@AprilStearns) November 6, 2012
— Catherine Crier (@CatherineCrier) November 6, 2012
How did your technology fare on election day? Let us know in the Comments section below.