The types of problems experienced by voters at the polls Tuesday – machines not working, names missing from the ballots, lack of workers – are inexcusable. Mistakes happen and that seems to be the attitude of party officials in charge of the primary election. Well, no. They shouldn’t happen, not with elections.
Finding out at 7 a.m. on Election Day that a voting machine is not working properly or there is a malfunction that can’t be immediately fixed simply shows lack of preparation and ability to properly conduct an election. Not having enough poll workers or, worse, no poll workers to staff a precinct shows an inability to do the job.
Were it not such an important function, maybe citizens could be more forgiving and understanding, but not with voting.
Get it right or get somebody else to do it. It is becoming more evident that the state should put stricter requirements on parties or run the elections. Such mistakes on Election Day should not be tolerated.