KSTP TV 5 is sitting on the street outside of City Hall and have the lights set up on the darkened lawn. They’re probably on air right now, have been walking around town with a camera this afternoon, and just before sunset I saw Gary Iocco do a drive by. What’s the big deal? Supposedly there are two voting machines here in Red Wing that aren’t working, so they’ve special ordered them to be delivered Monday. This is Red Wing, home of background checks on City candidates and the AG Opinion that told them they’re dead wrong! This is House District 28A ,one that the DFL is probably going to take, an important one if the DFL is to regain the house. And this is Hubbard’s KSTP, the Mother of All Corporate Whores, KSTP which elevated Wente’s blip about the Hatch “Republican Whore” to pseudo-news status, now I wonder… these are a lot of dots here… A Stronger America – Minnesota is dumping “hundreds of thousands of dollars” into this state to keep it from going all DFL, and Hubbard’s one of the leaders. Now his truck is outside City Hall, and they’re saying our voting machines aren’t working…

Here’s the poop from their site:

Polling machines create issues in Minnesota

Despite all the campaigning going on these final days, it won’t matter much if the voting machines don’t work.

This year, more than ever before, election officials are using new equipment to make the process go quicker and easier for everyone.

But in Red Wing, Minn., some of the advances are backfiring at the last minute.

It’s a constitutional obligation to vote Tuesday, but this year, equipment that’s supposed to make the process easier is causing extra headaches.

With just a couple of days before the polls open, Automark ballot machines are fraying the nerves of election officials in Red Wing.

There’s one in every precinct in Red Wing and in the state, designed to help disabled people would are blind or deaf vote privately, independently and easily.

But Kathy Johnson says two of them broke down and she’s still waiting on replacements that the company promised she’d get today.

“There may have been more machines having to be fixed, just from the comments they were making,” Johnson said.

The problems don’t stop there, it seems there’s technological trouble across the country as officials are trying to computerize the counting process.

This year researchers developed a virus that can reverse results in widely used diebold machines.

Diebold dismissed the study as, “unrealistic and inaccurate,” but some say without a paper trail there’s nothing to recount should something go wrong.

Meanwhile, election officials in Minnesota are hoping their Automark machines will hit the mark Tuesday.

New equipment or not, election officials in Red Wing said they’re ready to take your vote, even if they have to do it the old fashioned way.

From today’s STrib:

Fearing one party rule, business owners fund ads against Hatch

From MPR:

Suddenly campaign pits Hatch vs. Hubbard

From the Beagle, which says (AP) that Pawlenty is supposed to be in town (funny, the grrrrrls didn’t notice):

Hatch denies “whore” comment to former R-E reporter

Is anyone plotting out the locations of interest here?

Do ya think we oughtta be worried about our voting machines?

Do ya think we oughtta be worried about our elections?

Quote of the Day from Mike Hatch (via the Beagle):

“If you’re not going to have passion, you’re not going to get things changed in this country”


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