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October 23rd, 2008
12:53 PM ET

Americans still fear voting problems on election night

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Early voting is under way in more than thirty states. According to some predictions, one-third of the electorate may cast their votes before the polls even open on November 4th. That should ease the burden on Election Day as record turnouts are expected across the country. But not everybody is convinced it will be enough to prevent possible problems.

Questions are already surfacing about the accuracy of the vote in Florida and West Virginia and there is an ongoing battle over voter registration fraud in Ohio. There are concerns we may still not have overcome the voting problems that plagued both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. A new CNN poll shows that only 58 percent of Americans are confident that votes will be accurately cast and counted this year. And that's worse than the 72 percent who were confident in 2004.

Watch: Cafferty: Voter Confidence?

And we are the shining example of democracy to the rest of the world. Plus we have been doing this for more than 230 years.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when the public’s confidence in the integrity of the election continues to decline?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

C. from Belen, New Mexico writes:
It means that some things never change. I can remember my grandfathers discussing the questionable goings-on at the polling places during the 1920s, '30s and '40s. The newspaper stories about the same issues in the 1950s and 60s. And my own questions in the '70s, 80s and 90s. As long as some "official" can gain something from shifting ballots or counts that will affect an election, they will do so.

Debbie from Florida writes:
In our age of technology with online banking and the internet, why can't we get the one basic right of American citizens right?

Felicia from Savannah, Georgia writes:
It means that the price of liberty is continued vigilance as Thomas Jefferson stated. Other countries should be aware that democracy is a lifelong battle.

Rick from Boynton Beach, Florida writes:
It says to me that the outcome means less and less, and is not indicative of the desire of the total population. In this age of technology, to have this primitive method of voting is ridiculous. Standing in line for hours, on a workday—a Tuesday– no less, and then having to hope the archaic contraption accurately records your vote. Stop the insanity.

Dave from Missouri writes:
It means they are probably too stupid to vote. If they think this voting system is bad, try going to the Middle East or almost anywhere else in the world. People just like to complain. Get up Election Tuesday, go to the polls, follow directions and all will be fine!

Al from Canada writes:
America has always sent observers abroad to oversee election procedures that they are run fairly. Who is coming to do the same in America?

M.D. from Cedar Rapids, Iowa writes:
I wouldn't be surprised if the voting machines in my district register a 3rd term for Bush.


Filed under: 2008 Election
soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. M Dixon Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    I don't blame them. How can they take something so simple that can be done with just a piece of paper and a pencil and completely over complicate it. We'd be better off dipping our thumbs in ink like they did in Iraq. Maybe next election they can just determine who wins with a bost of 3 round of rock, paper, scissors (if you are running against bob dole, choose paper, because he will almost always choose rock).

    October 23, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  2. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    Jack: Voters should be concerned about voting problems. In 2000 it was 500 plus votes in Jeb Bush's Florida that determined the presidency. In 2004 it was a few thousand votes in Ohio. I think most Democrats are wondering "How are they going to steal this election this time?"

    October 23, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  3. Maria - Wylie, TX

    It means that there is such a distrust in our officails, & that the elections are so rigged, that we feel we are going through the motions of voting & the voting machines will spew out whatever results have already been pre-programmed into them. The optimist in me cast my ballot on Tuesday in hopes that our vote really does count. I received a sticker stating that my vote counts, but we don't really know for sure, do we?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  4. Carl Deshazer

    Jack,
    I have lost all faith in our government. They have continued to lie to the American people. The majority of the people didn't want this Wall-Street bailout, but our government did it anyway. In my opion, i believe our government wants the American people to think the election is close, just so they can flip the vote and put the candidate that they think will line there pockets with the most cash in office.This is truly a government that is out of control. I also believe that niether Obama or McCain has the will or the guts to get our country out of it's slump. I feel no matter who wins, it will just be 4 more years of the same.
    Carl

    October 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  5. Barbara Woodin

    West Chester, PA
    In all my 40 years of voting, I have yet to encounter problems with voting, other than interminable lines – which leads me to ask, why is Pennsylvania one of the few states that does NOT HAVE EARLY VOTING? EITHER BY MAIL OR SOME OTHER MEANS - I would dearly love to be able to vote NOW instead of having to wait for who knows how long at my polling place, but PA IS STILL BACKWARD THINKING IN EARLY VOTING, AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON STATE "ONLY" LIQUOR STORES – D'YA THINK THERE'S A LINK HERE????

    BABS FROM BACKWARD LOOKING PENNSYLVANIA!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  6. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    When the public confidence of voting procedures is at an all time high, then it means we need drastic reform and uniform standards in every state. The inconsistent and different election laws from state to state only continue to cause confusion, thereby dividing our country further and sowing the seeds of distrust on both sides.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  7. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I think voters' mistrust of whether their vote will be counted goes back to the election of 2000 when the Republicans stole the election from Al Gore. I think the Republicans probably cheated in Ohio in 2004 as well; John Kerry should have done more to check on this. The Rove-style politics of the Republicans amounts to doing whatever it takes to win an election. I just hope and pray they don't succeed this year.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  8. JR in Norfolk VA

    Gee whiz – with ACORN registering Mickey Mouse and 7-year olds to vote? Paying people with cigarettes and money to register dozens of times? Liberal activists setting up sham residences in swing states and the Obama campaign encouraging people to come in from other states to vote in swing states? I'm not worried about voting problems on election night, I'm worried that the liberals have already stuffed the ballot boxes already so that election day won't make a difference! How many cases of pro-McCain voter fraud have been reported vs pro-Obama voter fraud. Heck, you'd think the Democrats were behind in this election. Are they, Jack?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  9. karen-phoenix

    I've been a republican for 40 years but this year its Obama/Biden and the republican party has become the party of selfish, me first, and get everything for the very rich!!! It is no longer the party of Eisenhower who built our interstate system!!! We NEED programs like that to rebuild our middle class!!! God Bless Obama/Biden and the survival of the great American middle class!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  10. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    Judging from the early voter turnout, my hope is that by the time Nov 4th rolls around, it will not be too bad. This election is historic either a black man for President or a white woman as Vice President. Both are historic firsts and that alone has gotten many people interested in the race. Add to it those people that are just angry and disgusted with the current administration and all those young voters that are now egistered and you have a tsunami of people trying to vote. But hopefully by election day if a lot of people have already voted those that have not will be able to vote fairly easily and quickly.
    VOTE EARLY.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  11. jon hoffman

    Jack:
    It's part of the distrust for government; We all know that the incomptence to plan runs down into every voting precinct. It is usual election night reporting; this time it will be a 100 times worse;They will not plan to have sufficient ballots; enough machines and enough poll workers for a real onslaught of voters; it also means that many will stay away to avoid impossible lines, especially the elderly who cannot stand for that long. Solution is to vote NOW at you county office if you do not have pre Nov.4 polling places. I'm voting today
    Jon in California.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  12. Jim from KC

    Jack, I think we need to turn over the ballet counting to Penn and Teller. I did this with my 401K too...if things are magically going to disappear, why not get a laugh. Votes-Dollars, same difference right?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  13. Mark - Asheville, NC

    With every news item about ACORN, confidence will decline further. And WHO benefits from ACORN?? Gee, I can't remember...

    October 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  14. Kumar from Plano, TX

    It means CNN should have cameras on election sites to make sure people are not intimidated ...

    October 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  15. Groovy

    It depends on the Outcome!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  16. Debbie in Indiana

    People have not been assured that the electronic voting in this country has been secured because Bush has been allowed to interfere with any kind of electronic surveillance and communications because of the Patriot Act; and until that changes no one will have any confidence in our voting process. But one must vote, it is your most important right!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  17. Chris, Olean, NY

    Jack, it is great to have you back. I hope you are recovering well.

    I have deep concern over the integrity of the vote, especially with the use of paperless, electronic machines. I, and many Americans, I think, would feel better if there was a paper "receipt" for my vote. I suppose any vote is subject to subversion, even on old-fashioned mechanical machines. My main concern with the electronic machines is that they are essentially a black box. Is the tally that comes out at the end representative of the votes that went in, or does some internal programming fudge the numbers? A paper trail would make me far more comfortable.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  18. peggy in kansas

    I fear that 2000 and 2004 will happen again – it has all the earmarks for a deboggle! That if Obama loses there will be an uproar for sure. It is time that the integrity of our voting system is no longer compromised, democracy must prevail at the cost of those glory mongers who have rigged our system to their advantages .......... one way or another this abomination must stop.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  19. Vicki

    Because people have issues with the integrity of the election system, no matter who wins; people are going to say that something was rigged. Either votes weren't counted or they were altered. Unless the system is shown to be solid, a lot of people will not be happy with the outcome and will blame it on some sort of corruption.

    Raeford, NC

    October 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  20. Chuck (Trenton, Mi)

    It means that we have finally attained a "government OF, BY and FOR the politicians".

    October 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  21. Tom, Sarasota, FL

    Because we remember the irregularities during the 2000 election. Gore had more votes but still lost. It was unfortunately in our county where the election was decided as Katherine Harris (Republican) called the recount of votes off. And it was the Supreme Court not the "American People" that put that mafia in power.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  22. Jen, California

    It means, if Obama doesn't win, I'll be moving to Canada.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  23. Mickie in California

    Election fraud and dirty politics have sadly been a part of American politics for more than 100 years. You only have to read the history books to see outrageous political "tricks" dating back to at least Andrew Jackson's election. Americans are more dismayed by the mudslinging and lies than with a few voting machines with glitches. At least the mass media has made the voting process more transparent since the mess in 2000 and 2004. And cudos to the media's "fact checking" that has also evened the playing ground in this election.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  24. Heather, Arlington TX

    Quite simply, it means that our country is in danger. Without confidence in our elections, our system of government and freedom is in danger. This is an issue that both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives agree on – we must do everything possible to ensure the integrity of our votes.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  25. peggy in kansas

    by the way Jack, i am very glad to see your return. you are an integrel part of our views thank you so much.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  26. ST

    It means that we're starting to realize our votes don't really count as much as we were taught. This is the reason I've never voted. I decided to do it this year more for the experience than under the delusion that it will count for something. We'll see what happens, but I'm not holding my breath.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  27. Shirley -AK OHIO

    Until Florida has a system in place that is cheat proof, no one will have confidence and this ACORN crap is bogus, another distraction from where the real problems lie, because we all know that Jive Turkey, Mickey Mouse or Winnie the Pooh is going to cast a ballot for the next president. They need to get to the heart of the real problem.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  28. Anita of georgia

    Jack, The confidence in the intergrity of the election continues to decline, because most people feel that most candidate, are not really concerned about how voters, will be effected by the issues. They just want to win at any cause. They would rather not talk issues. But rather take the low road, trying to discredit their opponent. They're just out of ideas and out of time. Go Obama and Biden 08 Vote Early!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  29. Mike in Oakland

    It means that more people really think their vote matters, and that may be one of the most important legacies of this campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  30. Jeff in Lothian, MD

    Jack, don't you remember "Joe Chad" in Florida.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  31. John in Mukilteo, WA

    It means that Republican efforts to erode confidence in the voting process are working.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  32. Peggy in Iowa

    Some power other than our own is in charge!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  33. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    There are still a lot of folks that believe that the 2000 election was stolen by Bush. The concern is that they will try it again. This crowd has no problem breaking the law so, we should all be concerned about the integrity of the election.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  34. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack
    it means that there still are some people out there who think their ideology is more important than a fair election. Unfortunately not a few of them are election officials.
    Qui custodes custodet? (Who watches the Watchers)
    It's every citizens job to protect the integrity of the system. Democracy ain't easy folks. Let's get to it.

    Pablo

    October 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  35. Heather, GA

    It means I'm voting early and case there is an issue, I'll have 866- OUR- VOTE on speed dial in until after I vote.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  36. Josh in North Carlina

    As Election Day nears, memories of the 2000 contest remind Americans that polling-place foul-ups and close races in key states.Record turnouts could overwhelm poll workers and voting machines in some precincts.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  37. Jenna Wade

    What does it mean when the public’s confidence in the integrity of the election continues to decline?

    It means that that GOP has accomplished its goal!

    There are problems with early elections as we speak.

    So if ANY of you folks have the opportunity to vote early, then do so!

    Nov 4th is going to be a blowout!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    October 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  38. dorothy reid

    believe me they have decided. they are like children, they get attention by saying they are undecided, by the media and the campaigns courting their vote. this has been going on for two years, they know who they are voteing for!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  39. M Dixon Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    I wouldn't be surprised if the voting machines in my district register a 3rd term for Bush

    October 23, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  40. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Like John McCain it's been "tested" and failed.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  41. Martyn Bignell

    For a country that preaches democracy, the 2000 election turned that into the height of hypocrisy. Therefore if Americans are sceptical, then I am afraid they have every right to be.

    Martyn from Fort Lauderdale.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  42. Karen D Maryland

    No he has not. I can no longer see John McCain as Honorable or a Maverick because of the divisive nature of his campaign at a time when this country is hurting and really needs to stand together as we did right after 9/11. His reason for all the negativity? Obama did not have town hall meetings with him. That is beyond ridiculous. The blatant contempt and anger towards Obama did not make you think what an honorable man

    October 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  43. C from Eatonton, GA

    Sure, there will be fraud on both sides. But like the TSA at the airport, the folks operating the polls are paid barely more than minimum wage.

    Maybe we need to require fingerprints or DNA samples to vote... And still there will be some who cry foul.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  44. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    Those who think that they are losing races are playing the faulty voting process card. Here in Ohio, the Republicans did it in '04 and got away with it. This year, the Supreme Court put the smack down on their attempt to manipulate the vote by screening out voters who might vote against them and their party. In the process, they have some people questioning the validity of the voting process in Ohio. It's become a two-edged sword here. Some Ohioans believe just because the Republicans filed the suit that there is something rotten in our voting process. I don't really think anything is wrong–but the lawsuit has created doubts.

    Troy, Ohio

    October 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  45. Rose Dial in Alamogordo, NM

    Jack, people have seen too much of the process being run by special interest and ideologs. They know that their long reach has made it to the highest levels of the government and our justice system. It will continue to decline until the these people are made to answer for their bad behavior. Good luck on that one.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  46. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    It means that they know if the Republicans can't win, they'll attempt to steal the election. AGAIN.

    They are already doing it. They've set up Republican control of voter registration rolls in red states and have been and still are purging the voter rolls - to remove blacks, young voters, students and anyone who – through foreclosure or bad circumstances – is homeless.

    Being homeless, black, young or a student doesn't mean your vote shouldn't count.

    When will the media focus on the Republican (McCain) hired voter registration firms already being convicted for REAL FRAUD?

    October 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  47. Barbara Fara

    I am so tired of hearing about Joe the Plumber, being a regular guy..

    If he were a regular tax paying American, he would have paid his taxes on time or made an agreement with the IRS to pay monthly, what about the people that do the right thing and get the money to the IRS because that is what we are suppose to do... This campaign, has become high-school drama ... then we have the prom queen....
    barbara in South Carolina & Obama supporter!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  48. Marianne from West Palm Beach, FL

    Here in the battleground state of Florida we have early voting. I took part in early voting this morning and I stood in line for an hour at the local library to do so. In this line were mothers holding babies, a woman who just had knee replacement surgery, cancer patients wearing their turbans – we all stood proud together. Black, white and Hispanic. Kind words were spoken, handshakes and hugs were given, young men in front of the line offered their seats to mothers holding children and moved to the back of the line. We were all standing there together for hope, for change, for Barack. In the long line, not a single McCain voter. It's amazing what campaigning for hope instead of fear can do for people. There may be problems on election night – but the people who stand in line to vote are the real winners!

    October 23, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  49. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It means that this country is being shaken up so violently that even the huge masses of mindless American sheep are becoming aware that there might be some problem after the Bush appointment by the supreme clowns in 2000 and the shenanigans in Ohio in 2004. They also are becoming aware of the dangers to the core of our democracy by paperless, unverifiable unsecured computer counts provided by Diebold (or whatever they are calling themselves this time).

    October 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  50. Greg in Cabot AR

    Jack, here’s a partial list of words that don’t inspire confidence: WMD’s, preemptive war, deficit spending, “Mission Accomplished”, Water-boarding, Gitmo, Katrina, FEMA. Border Security, Wall Street bailout, hanging shads, Acorn, Freddie and Fanny to name a few….now I am supposed to get a warm fuzzy that the simple task of counting ballots and adding numbers will be better???

    October 23, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  51. Sarah

    It's the Republiclan's disgraceful actions that have caused this lack of trust in the vote. The only reason they have done it is to try and deter the 'democrat' votes who are looking likely to vote in unprecented numbers. It's their motto of 'win at all costs' and they don't mind if the democracy as a whole is damaged as long as they can win the election – look at the last two elections.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  52. Matthew Welch in Baltimore, MD

    There are two big issues around the integrity of our elections: 1) The rabid partisanship that muddies the water when examining so-called "voter fraud" (a proven rarity, but an albatross for Democrats efforts to expand the electorate to the less fortunate plurality) versus "voter suppression" (a proven effective campaign strategy for the GOP) and 2) The fact that we, as a country, have not made this the huge and urgent priority that it should be. We only talk about it when an election is weeks away and its too late to do anything about the systems in place. We need to make the process uniform, fair, transparent and, most importantly, non-partisan. Until we do, we have to live with the results of a rigged table run by the house with rules explicit and implicit being exploited by everyone with a stake in the game. Winner take all.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  53. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    It means Obama needs to win by a landslide to keep it out of the loaded Supreme Court. 5-4 is a terrible way to win or lose the presidency.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  54. will

    I don't fear much of anything but the thought of John McCain and Sarah Palin in the White House is fearful enough?

    McCain = no change

    Obama/Biden 2008

    Go out and VOTE

    October 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  55. Differ from Maryland

    Americans are suspicious of all the technical problems and inability to provide an accurate audit trail. We saw this with the Diebold machines in Florida in 2000 and now with other brands as recently as yesterday in early voting in Ohio. There must be a Federal Law to insure a paper trail. Legitimate photo ID's , voter registration and SSN ID's should be matched in a Database by every State. This is not rocket science. There is already a Department of Motor Vehicles in each state and it would be easy to have legitimacy in 2 or 4 years.
    TThe computing power infrastructure is certainly there. This is an American disgrace. Every voter should get a receipt of their vote.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  56. Paul, Louisiana

    It is no different then every other election. You can never have one hundred percent confidence. The power of this country has always been in the hands of those who count the votes.

    We can only hope that when the moment arrives people are honest enough. We do not even use the LCD voting touch screens here and people still do not trust that their votes are counted properly.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  57. renee col oh

    they better be afraid, because the RNC is doing everything than can to desenfrachise voters, BUT NOT THIS TIME, we are smarter than that, we don't want 4 more years of the last eight, see how obama's slogans resonate, where as john mccains don't

    October 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  58. Dan from Kitchener

    How can anyone have confidence in voting by computer when people push a Democrat button and the screen brings up McCain? That is just the start and the big test will be when the GOP initiate their plan to suppress voters who have lost their homes to foreclosure etc.

    I believe the only way Obama can win this election is if he swamps McCain to the point the GOP can't steal it away.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  59. Daniel McGraw

    This is a non issue we are all covered no need to panic we will just let the supreme court decide

    October 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  60. Rosalynd Florida

    I was so afraid of being disenfranchised voting in Florida that for the first time I have already voted 2 weeks before the Nov 4 election. I used a paper ballot but still have nightmares about my ballot evaporating into thin air. I wanted to ask for a copy before I lleft and would have paid for it.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  61. James

    Lets hope it is not close. I would hate all the new voters to feel like I did in 2000

    October 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  62. Jim

    Voters are undecided because they cannot see through the smoke. They know that politicians lie and it takes time to clear that smoke and determine which candidate will tell the greater amount of truth.

    Jim
    Greensboro

    October 23, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  63. Dave ----- San Luis Obispo, CA.

    Jack,

    It's quite simple. The voting process serves as our umbilical to steer Washington in the right direction. If the electoral process itself becomes as corrupt as our politicians and Wall Street, then we have no recourse to regain control.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  64. Nettie Ray

    It means we need to take politics OUT of elections
    and start standardizing the way we vote all across
    America.

    ENOUGH is ENOUGH

    The integrity of the Vote is mandatory to our
    survival as a country.

    Republicans don't seem to get it.

    I am from Kansas City, Missouri

    October 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  65. Allen L Wenger

    The integrity of the election is directly proportional to the integrity of the political parties. When the politicians and the political parties consistantly lie to the voters, it is hard for them to have confidence in the system. Most people think that politicians will do anything to win, why would they think that rigging an election would be off limits? Voters will not have confidence in the election process as long as politicians disrespect each other, because this disrespect is also felt by the voting public.

    Allen
    Mountain Home ID

    October 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  66. Sandra fromTexas

    It means we don't trust the election process and it is only getting worse. I live in Texas and get no printout or verification on my vote. I am supposed to trust that everything is done correctly. Sorry, but that dog won't hunt.

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  67. Joanne Buck

    I don't know why w/Acorn and all it's sleazy activity and Obama training their leaders and them suing each other for embezzlement, and Mickey Mouse and Dallas Cowboys names and one person registering 72 times:
    Why should we worry about the Chicago type machine as it sleazes along.
    Joanne Buck
    Minnesota

    October 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  68. Erik from Golden, CO

    It means that we've gotten used to the dirty tricks that Bush and his Republican cronies have pulled for the past 7 years. We now expect them to turn minority voters away at the polls, flood democratic offices with hang-up calls on Election day, and to hinder any efforts that Democrats make to get voters to the polls. They've re-defined dirty politics in the past decade, so every voter is wary.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  69. William Allen

    Jack,
    I just dont understand how with four years to prepare, there is still some doubt about those voting machines...hey, this is the Nation that put a man on the moon...remember ?...it is ridiculous !

    William N.B. Canada.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  70. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    I voted early, it was a disgrace, the voting machines were touch screens and there was only one person available to monitor 8 machines and assist anyone who had an issue. No one asked anyone for identification. Fifty terrorists could have used my address and voted last night. You had to bring dinner and blankets the line was long and two hours was the normal wait.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  71. Linda in Florida

    I not only fear that the Republicans will try to steal the election again, I am afraid they will cause some awful disaster between now and November 4 to make everyone who hasn't voted yet, vote Republican because Republicans will keep us safe. Not!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  72. JD in NH

    We have had 4 years to do something about voting machines that are too complex for the average poll worker to understand. In addition, most machines do not produce a receipt that could be recounted should a problem arise like the vote flipping currently being seen in West Virginia. It seems we've outsourced our most sacred right to the private sector, but no one cares until an important election comes around. My solution? Paper ballots that you mark with a pencil. It's a solution that could be instituted in the time it takes a printer to run off stacks of ballots. We might not have instant results, but we'd have honest results.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  73. Rob, Las Vegas , Nevada

    Jack

    Think about this, we do fear because in 2000, Bush came to Power as ugly and shamefull as it can be, and now after 8 years he is leaving 10 times as ugly as he came in to power. That old saying is true "what you do will follow you", let's hope that we do not have a repeat of that 2000 fiasco. We all know the Republicans are hoping for that.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  74. nick from NY

    It means that the next president/congress/senate should do the following changes to the voting system:
    -make voting a required citizen duty, like jury duty. Enforce it with $500 penalty at least.
    -use much more voting places then there are now in place; every school, library, gym etc can be used.
    -use a paper system that is easy to be used; paper and pen.
    -allow 1 week for the counting if required; we don't need this crapy one night election show.
    -publish promises of all the candidates from previous years to show if they kept their promises.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  75. Michael - Las Vegas

    The republicans have proven themselves to be totally dishonest in every regard, including honesty in the elections. They will do everything possible to misrepresent the true election results – AGAIN. No, I don't trust the election results as long as the current republican leadership and republican philosophy remains in place.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  76. Carlynn, Omaha, NE

    Nebraska is one of two states that splits its electoral votes. Nebraska's 2nd District (the urban east) could be the one vote that Obama/Biden needs to get elected this year! We are energized! I tried to go by the election commission office this morning at 8:40 and there were cars parked about two blocks down the street and a line wrapped around the building, all with a rain pouring down, just so they could vote early. My hope is that the opinion polls are correct in their "spreads" so that any vote fraud will be quite noticable. This election is very historic and important. We are ready for a sea change - we can only HOPE.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  77. Rose in Az

    Because of the ACORN voter registration fraud and we all know it is true. How can we know for sure that this will be an honest election??
    This year it is even worse, we may end up with another 2000 repeat.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  78. Anna - Santa Teresa, NM

    After the last two elections, hello, wouldn't you be a bit leery and distrustful? We all know that Republicans will say anything and do anything to win. I wouldn't put ANYTHING pass them.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  79. carnell Bonair GA

    Yes Jack!! When you have e-voting machines with minds of their own you can only hope that your vote is going to the candidate of choice. Look at what happen in both of Bush's elections and how the White House was stolen. It could happen again and with McCain and Palin I would not put it pass them to play those same old dirty tricks. Jack I am literally scared of what might happen.!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  80. Chris, Ottawa Canada

    It's pretty sad that Americans believe that their elections are fraudulent. The irony is America goes to war to promote democracy (or so we're told). Does anybody else see a problem with this?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  81. Mike, Syracuse NY

    With up to 50% of the new voters ACORN registered being phoney, I'm worried. This election has the potential for the most fraud since Mayor Daly stole the 1960 election for Kennedy. The Dems have this sense of entitlement because of the 200 election. By the way, the 2000 recount WAS finished by a group of newpapers and Bush did win. So get over it already.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  82. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl

    Jack, it means that it's time for the federal government to standardize the voting process and make election day a national holiday. Early voting should be consistent throughout the country and the penalties for attempted voter fraud should be increased.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  83. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Electoral College has a lot to do with the public's lack of confidence and integrity of our election system which most of us don't fully understand when millions are voting and the magic number to the presidency is 270.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  84. Dennis North Carolina

    The public which means we the people have no confidence in the government or the people who were elected or the people who work in the government. voting is a right but it is run by the government which leaves it wide open. our economy is in failure, we are in massive debt and we are in two plus wars which gives you little room for faith and hope. we also do not known what is hidden from us with a mere stamp of top secret. government services have dropped or are in failure but cost twice as much. do you have confidence in this country, Jack?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  85. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    I hate to say this, but it means our democracy is on the decline. It shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone. We have been headed in this direction for the last 30 years. I really wonder if we can be saved from ourselves. It's probably too late.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  86. Dan, Maryland

    Integrity is a funny thing Jack. Our leaders are responsible for setting a high standard of integrity and the rest of our system depends on their ability to do that. The last eight years I have seen the worst integrity from any president in history. That failure of leadership has caused our elections, programs, and spending to completely lack any integrity or moral direction. It's been a long eight years and I can only hope we elect someone who has shown integrity throughout the campaign...I'll give you a hint, there's only one choice and Americans deserve someone who can set the bar high again.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  87. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    Honestly, I think it is a joke that we can't get our voting system in order. We "supervise" and oversee elections around the world and we can't even get our own act together. Not having the right system in place cost us big time already. A properly run Florida Election in 2000 would have resulted in Gore winning, 4000 of our servie people still alive, and a much better economic picture. We can't afford to get this wrong again. We can't discourage people from voting, so we have to get this right.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  88. Larry in Florida

    It means everyone has moved to Florida Jack. It's the computer and all it's glory. We've created a monster. Makes it to easy to create fraud and makes it to easy to spread lies. It's a hackers dream come true. They rank up there in the neighborhood of terrorism. We all have to have one though. Now we can't even leave home or office without it. I'm still going to vote. Then I'll go home and know my vote is out there somewhere.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  89. Vince

    Jack, on the "testing of Sen. Barack Obama in the first 6 months” if he's elected comment made recently by Sen. Joe Biden. Sen. John McCain claims that he's been tested. My question to the media is why don't you ask him to state the what, when and where this "I've been tested" took place? Has he been President before of some other country before?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  90. Tom Bulger

    It means folks are watching CNN (The most trusted name in news)

    Raymond has come out with a tell-all book called How to Rig an Election. He knows what he's talking about because he went to the big house for subverting the democratic process.

    It's been going on for years, Attwater, Segretti, Tobin, Watergate, Diebold, harris.

    It means we are not totally stupid.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  91. Karen - Atlanta - Make your vote count

    Jack- I didn't have any problems here in Atlanta. But I've heard at some places in North Carolina, of people going to the Obama rallies and coming out with their tires slashed. Others are complaining that when they push Obama as President, McCain's name is checked off... I think these issues should be address. We cannot have the Republicans stealing another elections. We have now found out that several people have been arrested for voter fraud, not voter registration fraud which is a big difference. Neither one of these crimes should be permitted but let's face it Mickie Mouse can't vote.

    When will this country ever change.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  92. BKoi

    It means that the BUSH MCcAIN bunch have brought the country to it's knees, both financially and otherwise! This administration has severely challenged the peoples ability to HOPE. Only through fear and lies, lies the Republicans only chance to win !

    October 23, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  93. Burt, Sun Lakes, Az

    It means that they still can't get anything right in Washington. I can't for the life of me figure out why we don't have a federal standard for all states on a national election for President.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  94. Marji Tucker

    It means, unfortunately, that our great Democracy is in trouble. When Americans cannot trust in the elections to express their desires, we are in the position of not being able to trust our government. It means that government of the people, by the people and for the people is not long for this earth.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  95. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    Reagan did this to us

    October 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  96. Dennis in Indiana

    Jack,

    Our country was founded on the principle of a representative form of government and it is the right to vote for our representatives that is the foundation of our democracy. Our right to vote is the most sacred of the rights we hold and is the linchpin to our existence as a free people. Any attempt, by any individual, group or political party, in any way, within this country to abridge this right should not be cast off and dismissed as just "politics as usual" but should be viewed as a threat greater than any threat we could possibly face from external forces.

    When the public at large can no longer trust the validity and integrity of an election it means that we are no longer a free people.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  97. John F (Willowbrook IL)

    Jack: what it means is that we have not done enough to make sure the sanctity of the voting machine is preserved. There were problems in Florida in 2000, hanging chads, They went to a system that didn't have a paper trail, no we are still having problems. Maybe one of the reasons there are problems with the machines is that they are made in a foreiign country. This country can put a man on the moon yet we cannot make a machine in the United States.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  98. Pat, Pa.

    It means that it is time to change the way we vote.

    Look at Canada. You are registered at birth. Not for any one party or another. They never have problems.
    When I hear that early voting in W.Virginia showed a problem it scared me. When they voted for Obama it popped over to McCain and when they asked to get help, they were told that there was nothing that could be done about it. I truly hope that this was a false report.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  99. andrea from MA

    i hope my vote counts !!!!!!!! where i live they have optical reader machines and the election workers say it reads face up or face down on the paper ballot !!!!!! is that true?? i do not know. does anyone have an answer? i do not trust the election workers or the system !!!!!!!!! i want my vote to count !!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  100. Jed in Redding, CA

    While there’s news of potential malfeasance coming from both sides in this campaign the faults in no way compare to one another. It’s one thing to rip off a community organizer group by registering the entire defensive line of an NFL team to vote. It’s wholly another to stop someone from voting because their mortgage may be in trouble. Any problems that happen before you get to the booth will naturally lean McCain.

    But that will not stop the paranoid-delusional right wing nutjobs from saying that Obama stole/rigged the election after he wins by a healthy margin. God forbid that it was because their candidate is a bad tempered old man who doesn’t understand the economy, wants to continue eight years of failed policies and picked an under qualified Alaskan governor to be his running mate.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  101. Doug - Dallas

    There have been to many examples of voter fraud to ignore. Remember that's how Bush got elected the first time.....

    The American public does not trust the system and unfortunately, they are right. It is incomprehensible that eight years after the last debacle we still are dealing with the same issues. The system is only as good as the people running it and we see where that's gotten us.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  102. Karen, Florida

    Voted early yesterday, paper ballots. I could "see" where to make the marks, where to mark the ballots (hands didn't slip).

    We have more to worry about than voting booth problems.

    Here's a novel thought, it's my opinion that if the Democratic party had won in 2000, the "terrorists" would NOT have done what they did on 9/11, which not only devastated us in the human life loss, but accelerated the domino effect on our financial instability.
    The folks that hate us/don't like us do not want a party leader who is
    strong in military and defense. They want us to have one they can
    have better control over, that potentially won't make waves. Think about it.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  103. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Every state has a system and some are better than others but what happened to the simple ballot with a pencil and one piece of paper instead of 4, 5, or 6 pages of stuff on a computer that may or may not work. Keeping things simple would help a lot, no hanging chads, no machines to fail, or printers to break. Standardize it all across the nation.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  104. Claude Bisson

    Hi Jack;
    It's nice to have you back. I can not see how a country like the United States who sees itself as the most technically advanced nation has not bee able to figure out how to hold an election. Every time there is one we always get reports of problems with the process. Is it that hard to figure out? A federal election should be regulated by federal laws. Did I say regulated? Well so much for my position.

    Claude
    Brunkild, Canada

    October 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  105. Sene

    Jack,

    To me it means that America would be no different than any crooked democracy in many other nations, including where I'm from in Africa.
    It saddens me that the integirty of the voting process in america has been severly damaged after the 2000 election.

    If Obama loses and any type of fraud is mentioned – it will be the end of something we hold so dear as citizens of the united states.

    1 person 1 vote will become a joke.

    Sene,
    Falls church, Va

    October 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  106. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    It means that everyone out there knows how easy it is to manipulate binary code and we should just go back to paper ballots and patiently await the outcome.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  107. Kevin in Portland

    Jack,

    I'm from Oregon, and I have complete confidence in our state's voting system. In a segment on CNN, Oregon was ranked as one of the most efficient in the entire country. In addition, we have one of the highest voter turn out rates. Oregonians vote completely by mail. The ballots were mailed out on October 17, so voters have just about two weeks to look over the candidates and issues and mark ballots. There's a paper trail for everyone. We have no hanging chad or electronic voting machine issues. On election day, ballots are tabulated quickly and efficiently, and the results are reported in a very timely fashion.

    The rest of the country could learn a lot from Oregon.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  108. Diogenes in a greek joint in Reno

    I cannot tell you jack, as this one confounds me.
    it's not that we have had voting problems in the past.
    I am assured this Election will be run as smoothly as the
    last two national elections.
    If not the court will graciously decide it for us.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  109. Willow, Iowa

    I think people are hesitant because of all the past problems in FL and OH. I sent in an absentee ballot, which will be hand counted in my county, and I think it would be great if everybody could do so. I would be nervous about using one of those machines now. In this day and age, why can't we vote by computer by social security number or something like that? We could still use the electoral college and the votes would be counted much easier and faster?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  110. roberto

    I live in Texas which is completely controlled by Republicans. There is no papertrail on any of the voting machines here. And regardless of how many people turn out to vote, it seems the results are always the same–approximately 60% Republican and 40% Democrat. I voted early, in fact, I had to vote three times before the machine would accept the Democratic vote. I needed the assistance of one of the poll workers to have the machine display the "Thank You for Voting" screen. I could not help but wonder if my vote would be counted, and suspect that the voting machines are not accurate. And who do you complain to? Who is going to do anything about it?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  111. Chris, Southern California

    Jack, it means that while voter information is still available to the public, campaign teams from both major parties will continue to be cutthroat in squashing voter turnout to their opposition. If these shady practices go without severe punishment, if any at all comes about with these horrible practices, then we've, in essence, rewarded this kind of behavior and get exactly what we deserve.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  112. DAWN

    I don't know , but a person should not cheat- lie- or steal, I know a politicion turns into that, but if a person is caught of this wheather running for office or voting, they should spend a lot of time in jail. Our gov. talks about how bad voting in other countries are so bad, but the U>S>A> is probably the worst.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  113. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Jack,

    It means if you have a choice between a paper ballot or machine – choose the paper! Nov 4th will be the one day out the year when I could care less about the environment!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  114. Adem Jemal, California

    GET OUT AND VOTE FOR OBAMA. I AM JOHN MCCAIN AND I APROVED THIS MESSAGE.

    THANK YOU
    COUNTRY FIRST

    October 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  115. Vincent X

    This is a problem we should not be having. How hard is it to have a computer print a reciept after a verification of the voters intended votes?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  116. sharon kitchen

    In our state of Ga.,there is one problem after the next. One offical already stated that due to underhanded actions(allegidly),there will already have to be a revote.........and we are not even at Nov 4th yet.
    Despite all of the :machines that do not work/underhanded activities,there will still be a huge turn out.......
    Machine and people used to work just fine.
    This year machines and people,if they so choose could also work just fine. If there is a mess.......people should recieve stiff fines.
    Now......................................go vote.............................................

    October 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  117. Jim in Puyallup

    Maybe it's time to standardize polling throughout this country. I know it can be done , the IRS is a good example.
    Jim 🙂

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  118. Teasha, Florida

    It means that the American people have come to realize that we are just pawns in game.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  119. Troy in Ohio

    Of course they should be worried. When you have a canidate and party willing to tell any lie they can plausibly pass off as almost a fact, why wouldn't you suppect them to do the same at your polling location. All I can say is, dress like a Republican when you go to vote, then you might be ok.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  120. Kelly, Pa

    It means elections have been stolen more times then I'd like to even think about. I'm still ticked off about 2000 and 2004. Our country would have been much better off if we were more vigilant to raise more hell about it!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  121. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Wherever the solid paper trail has been replaced in the voting process, a huge element of the unknown has been introduced. Electronic voting machines, utilizing computers and software written to do who-knows-what, are prone to glitches and leave people wondering if their vote ever made it to the final tally. The voting booth is no place for high tech.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  122. Adena from Dallas

    What I'm watching in Dallas on the nightly local news is very interesting. I voted early and the voting location had the electronic screen touch machine, this is fortunate for those in this area, easy to read and easy to cast your vote. I learned that not all voting locations have the same equipment, meaning that those who live in areas that are what we might say affluent will be using paper ballots and might just miss turning it over to continue voting for a local issue. So with this happening here you can count on other areas having problems too. Not all are treated equal, still in 2008!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  123. Janice Pound

    Yes. The GOP started in Cal. severakl mos. ago to change registrations Fortunately they got caught. They committed many felonies against democracy in 2000 esp. in the voting area. And one biggie in Ohio whenthey purged 600,000 dem. voters from the rolls. So I'm sure we have to keep our eyes open and if you have a Sec. of State who's a republican make sure they count all the votes.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  124. JImmy in California

    Well thanks to President Bushes "No Child Left Behind" the election system cannot fail. It will just keep being passed along until the Chinese have time to finish buying the country and change the way we vote.

    After that, the only choices we will have will be the Chinese way or the Palin way. You betcha

    October 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  125. Barbara Middletown, NY

    I'm saddened when I hear about all the voter fraud and supression that's been happening all these years. I used to think that 2000 was a problem but now I no longer believe that the Republicans actually won in 1988, 2000 or 2004.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  126. Debbie

    Once you've seen elections stolen as we have in the recent years, its very difficult to have much confidence in the system. When they put people in offices that can "legally" disenfranchise voters, one has to wonder if we really have a democracy.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  127. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    We have to go old school, back to pen and paper in order to make sure every vote is counted...

    C.I., New York

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  128. Sandi AZ

    All states should have the same voting machines and rules and regulations. Also, needs to be a paper trail and a confirmation back to the voter that his or her votes were received. Exit polls need to be prohibited as well as projecting of the winner until the last votes are cast nation wide. When we had a write in paper ballot, there was less fraud, and more fraud with the computer system now used.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  129. Conor in Chicago

    JR in VA wrote, "How many cases of pro-McCain voter fraud have been reported vs pro-Obama voter fraud."

    OK. Southern Wisconsin. Registered Democrats recieve packets containing McCain bumper stickers and early voting documents and a pre-paid envelope so you can mail it in early. But, the pre-paid envelope has the WRONG ADDRESS on it ensuring that it takes weeks to forward to the correct address and nulifying the vote as it will be late.

    Michigan-Reps gather foreclosure lists to challenge voters to prove that they still live in their residence-hoping that the voter either moved out of the congressional district and that holding up the line in the Michigan cold draws away voters.

    ACORN: Turns in invalid voter registrations as required by law.

    Don't even pretend, after stealing two elections from us with pre-programed Diebold machines and disenfranchising tens of thousands of people in Florida in 2000, that I give A DAMN what you think about ACORN.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  130. Mike Ryan

    I hate to tell you that the Republicans has made a big mess every where. They stole everything from us, the ordinary people, including our votes. Please check to find out who makes these voting machines. I’m sure that is another “Republican”

    Mike
    Snellville, GA

    October 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  131. garrick

    Hi Jack
    Hey Florida will blow this election again,thats what we are know for,not getting it right,why should they change now.CNN might as well come to Florida now and watch the polls go down in history again
    clearwater,fl

    October 23, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  132. Cora Portland, Oregon

    Jack, it means this is no longer a democracy, but a thugocracy, that's what it means. Why spend all the money and drum up all the hype if one party is going to repeatedly wrench the election away from the other party. Truly sad thing about it is nothing has ever been done about it when it has happened the last two elections.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  133. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    It means we need new politicians Jack. No incumbents re-elected, regardless of party. The current Batch doesn't work, so let's get new ones. Average "Joes" who know ho to run their business and family, and have to work for their money, instead of sitting in a chamber all day saying "I disagree with the honorable senator from *insert state*...."

    October 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  134. Ron , West Coast

    Hi, Jack. It means the crooks that rigged the elections in 2004, should have been prosecuted and locked up . We would`nt have have to worry about there being any problems now in 2008 .
    Everyone who is in the know about these problems , know who these people are . As usual , more than likely it`s the republicrook operatetives at it again . If nothing is ever done to these known crooks , then we can look forward to the same old shenanigans election after election , after election .
    Our so-called impartial justice department should have , and should be all over this criminal activity , but we all know that story .......

    October 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  135. Ken Cain Palm Beach County,Fl.

    After the chad debacle in the presidential election that gave Bush the election and now the don't count the 1.2 million Fl Democratic primary That handed the Democratic nomination to Barack Hussien Obama you can bet that voters in FL. don't trust the elections. Who can blame us.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  136. Bev, Los Angeles

    It means Jack, that until this election, noone really cared all that much. I bet this time we'll fix it because of the enormous amount of support for Obama that folks are really paying attention. I'm a first time voter and I'm turning 65 next month!

    By the way, we all missed you. You are the real voice of CNN. All these other guys try to be too cool. I love it that you're for real and if not for you I would boycott CNN to protest having someone like Lou Dobbs spew his predjudiced viewpoint on the air everyday.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  137. Joe in MO

    It means that in the states where they can, they should vote early.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  138. Ron, Centennial, Colorado

    Jack, I think it means we have very serious problems. There is a growing loss of confidence in our government, our institutions, and our leaders. Greed and corruption have grown out of control. Honor, dignity, fairness, integrity, and true patriotism have been brushed aside by too many government and business leaders in our nation. But, there are early signs of a "backlash" movement to demand better, which we all deserve, but must earn through our actions and words.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  139. Howard

    Yes, from both Democrats and Republicans during the count and then the riots after.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  140. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Of course. I'm very worried that the republicans will pull the same stunts and crap that they did in 2000 and steal the election from the democrats. From what I've read, they are trying to pull these stunts all over the country, and will DO ANYTHING TO WIN BECAUSE THEY SEE THE POLLS AND THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE! It's typical republican B S and I'm very tired of it! They are pathetic and we deserve much better than this! If the entire country would go to mail-in ballots, I don't think we'd have any voter fraud. It's a simple solution, to me.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  141. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    What good is a voting machine without paper verification? As we speak, the counties here are swamped with people trying to register to vote. They have been told they will not receive sample ballots in the mail. I imagine there will be long lines on voting day. Even after 8 years of knowing there will be problems, we are still facing the same difficulties. Any wonder why voter confidence is low?

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  142. Myrock, Snellville, GA

    Why would you think that Jack? I've got the CNN Voter Issues hotline number, just in case something shady is happening when I take the booth.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  143. Sherri (From Mills, Wy.)

    It means the Republicans are once again doing their jobs! They can't win an election with honest voting, they have to steal it with voter fraud. First they scare, this time it's ACORN, then they disinfranchise. If they can kick out enough new registrations, by God, they'll win this baby!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  144. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    I personally think the Republicans do rig the elections in some states. Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. But, this year Obama is leading in so many states, I think it would be difficult to recreate the same scenerio all over the U.S. But you can never tell. Sometimes I feel we are a 3rd world country with the way we've been handling our elections.

    Why are we trying to export democracy to other countries when we can't seem to get it straight.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  145. Chris

    I really hope there won't be any problems. The town and county I live in is fairly conservative and voted for Bush twice, but there are many more people here that are supporting Obama and the local GOP is up in arms. God knows what they'll try to pull on Nov. 4.

    Chris from NC

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  146. LaVerne E Brison from Los Angeles, Ca.

    Jack: I think that it is a crime that we cannot trust in our voting system. This is the same problem we have with every election. I think that our election process has become so partisan that people have a vested interest in their side winning at all cost. Something has to be done about this and soon. I live in California and have had no problems with voting in my state. You would think that if a state with over 34 million people could get it right a state like Ohio or Florida would have no problems. This problem comes up every year and all we do is give lip service to it.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  147. Linda from Honolulu

    Perhaps we should ask the UN for election oversight...

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  148. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It means when Americans loose confidence, they can lose nothing more.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  149. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, as a Canadian, I am amazed and amused at how a country that considers itself the greatest on earth has not yet devised a uniform method of accurately counting votes throughout the country. One report showed that when you touched the monitor screen to register a vote for Obama, McCain's name popped up! How convenient and Rovian.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  150. Kevin, Kennesaw, GA

    Jack, It is a no brainer that election day should be a nation holiday every two years for major election cycles.

    That being said every Democrat is scared to death that Republicans are going to steal this election through voter suppression. Republicans know they will not win one presidential election if people get to vote freely. Republicans only claim vote fraud to benefit their voter suppression efforts. It has been proven in study after study that you are more likely to be hit by lightning than their be a case of vote fraud.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  151. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Jack, Alberto Gonzales had to step down because of voting-related corruption, we have ample proof that the last 2 elections were tainted, and Republicans are attempting voter suppression across the land. We have no confidence because there's no indication that anything has changed since King George was annointed by the Supreme Court.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  152. Tina (Texas)

    This is why we need paper trails. Can you imagine the missing papers the white house will not find? And we are supposed to be trustful of our voting after the 2000 elections? Not I.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  153. Paul from Parry Sound, Ontario

    In Canada there are only paper ballots and pencils, and a member of each party watches the counting. Why anyone would do anything else makes me think cheating must be widespread in U. S. elections.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  154. Ryan in Crown Point, Indiana

    Jack, it means the whole voting process has become too partisan. Voting is supposed to be a right, not a privelege. People should not be scared of their government, government should be scared of their people. The Republicans are clearly learning that lesson this election.

    Ryan in Crown Point, Indiana

    October 23, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  155. steve in pensacola

    It means that after all the chips fell, that there's not an American alive that can say with a straight face that GWB won the 2000 election fair and square. Ohio in 2004 was a little more complicated, but between voter caging and non-verifiable electronic voting, it was a farce at best. As the saying goes "In the end, It's who counts the votes..........."

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  156. Dick B

    It means 1984 came 24 years later and Jack is a modern day WInston Smith.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  157. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Living in New Jersey, we have no paper trail if there is a problem or if someone hacks into the machines to change our votes. Bring back the good old days of paper!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  158. odessa ohio

    it's common sense and let me explain it to you..check all your information with the election board and ask all questions about where to vote, how long is the hours, etc..don't talk to people who are giving you incorrect information regarding voting..don't be stuipd and please be smart...whether who you are voting for, please be smart not dumb..i just hope that the election boards across the country are doing the right thing and don't let people get screwed for the next four years..i hope that all people vote for someone whose smart, has common sense etc..if you vote, you can talk about the issues and if you not cast your vote for this year, well you need to get screwed..

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  159. Stella B.

    It means the mass populas has finally awaken to the the truth that so manyy of us outside of mainstream America have know for years – "the Fat Cats are still in charge and running America!" They lie, cheat, and steal everything – including your votes – to satisfy their greedy needs. It wouldn't surprise me if we have another "ambush" on election night.

    It's funny that we have the ability to track down anything with a GPS, but can't keep up with a simple ballot. It should be so simple that even a caveman could do it.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  160. Janet, BC

    Jack,

    it means that people have woken up to the fact that W. controlled and stole the 2000 election! More and more people are becoming aware of the issues, and this is why Obama is going to be elected: because people are getting smarter (slowly but surely).

    Welcome back, by the way. Missed you so much, and wasn't really tuning in while you were gone. Wolf is fine, but the show is nothing without you. You have the power to impact people's views and this world. Thank you for doing so, and believing what you believe. Really. Thank you!!
    -Janet

    October 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  161. Jolly Potter, NY

    Jack,

    lets hope its a landslide win for Obama and there will be no room for voter error. That said if voters are being disenfranchised through foul means – as indicated by Robert F Kennedy Jnr – then we need to watch clsoe battleground States like Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Virginia and Colorado

    October 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  162. Ronald

    If pools show that Barack has a 5 point's lead or more, and then suddenly McCain is the new president by 400 votes... well this time we won't stand it, If it happens again expect some sort of revolution/retribution, can't believe me?
    Barack Obama has inspired millions of people, and most of them truly believe he can change Washington and set us in the right direction again, and if in some sort of way the GOP takes the dreams of those millions of people and just does whatever they want, well, I don't need to go deep into that, but believe me the rightwing idiots are not the only ones that can fight for what they believe.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  163. Hope M. Madisonville, KY

    It's voter suppression by the Republicans that causes people to
    lose faith in the voting process. Just because Mickey Mouse
    registers to vote doesn't mean Mickey Mouse will show up to
    vote. Instances of true voter fraud are rare but the Republicans
    always want to make this claim because there are a lot less of
    them than there are Democrats so they have to try to steal the
    election in order to win.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  164. James in TN

    it means either they suck it up and deal with it or just don't even vote.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  165. Rick

    It says to me that the outcome means less and less, and is not indicative of the desire of the total population. In this age of technology, to have this primitive method of voting is ridiculous. Standing in line for hours, on a workday (tuesday) no less, and then having to hope the archaic contraption accurately records your vote. Stop the insanity.
    Rick
    Boynton Beach, FL.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  166. Troy from Ohio

    Jack, I lived in Florida in 2000, after that election my confidence in our election system was low. Then lucky me I moved to Ohio and in 2004 found that things hadn't changed, now I'm sure that the election process is flawed. But I can sleep at night knowing that I never voted for Bush and for those who did, wake up!!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  167. Al, Canada

    America has always sent observers abroad to oversee election procedures – that they are run fairly.

    Who is coming to do the same in Amercia? Or is it that the USA is beyond reproach?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  168. Dee in Canada

    Jack, in 2000 the hanging chads and the Supreme Court gave George Bush the election. This year it will be the computers that switch Obama to McCain when people try to vote for Obama.

    I find it interesting that in those States, Republicans are in charge of those polling stations. Could those computers have been programmed so that a certain percent of the votes for Obama default automatically to McCain?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  169. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    It simply means the politicians did their job!!!~

    October 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  170. Nancy, Tennessee

    I, think, voting and registration procedures are broken in many states. One of my biggest concerns is the states that allow same day registration and voting. One of the safeguards in my state is that when you register to vote, you are mailed a voter registration card with no forwarding. If the card comes back to the Election Commission, that person is not registered to vote until the discrepancy is resolved. If someone votes the same day they register, where's the proof that they live where they state. How do you pull their fraudulent vote out of the election results? And.. there are other concerns regarding the programming of voting machines. If the logic is wrong in the computer program, you could be casting a vote for the other guy.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  171. Amy Noir

    Our society have stopped thinking. Fear Hate has been etched in our thoughts that we cannot think positive.
    McCain has fractured our country and the wounds whether he wins or loses will be challenge to overcome. He has divided country among races, gender, social and economical class, rural vs. urban, muslims vs. christians vs. jews. Old vs. young. And at times when unity matters in times of global challenges. He has destroyed social fabric of our society of United States of America. .
    Amy-Austin, TX

    October 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  172. Gregory

    I am wondering what and how the Republicans are plotting to steal this one.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  173. Ray,Florida

    I don't know Jack, maybe we shoul'd go back to paper ballot's.
    Hey and while we're at it! After we vote we can dip our finger into some purple ink, like they do it in Iraq!
    But most important thing is to alert the poll's, to be on the look out for people dressing up like Mickey Mouse and trying to vote!

    What a joke Jack!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  174. Kuol, Phoenix Az

    Jack, it means that America is not the example of the democracy in the world no more. It uses to be third world countries problem but not us and because of 2000 election then its becomes our phobia in America. I hope this election will be smooth in order to gain back our reputation.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  175. Marty

    It means we don't trust the integrity of the voting system because too many elections have been rigged or stolen in the last 10 years. This distrust started after Gore won the 2000 election, but Bush somehow became president and after the 2004 & 2006 elections when people went to jail for rigging elections.

    In 2008 there have been charges (on both sides) of voter fraud and news organizations reporting wide-sread cases of odd happenings. It would be dumb to think some shady things aren't going on that will affect the outcome of the election.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  176. Ronald Holst

    Jack
    Can you say 2000 , that was the start of this good or bad that shook the core of confidence in the American people as far as confidence in our system of government and I am afraid that it will takes years of change
    and a new type of relationship between our leaders.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  177. joep, Schaumburg, IL

    Republicans! Rove! Bush! That's the problem with any elections in the United States since they have made this a Fourth World Country.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  178. Len of Colfax

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has indicated that there are a number of ways that individuals might be denied the right to vote. He has also indicated that such denials will impact the Democrats much more than it will impact the Republicans. Since, at this time, it appears that there are more individuals in this country that desire to have Sen. Obama as their president, perhaps many in this country are worried that another presidential election might be “stolen” against the true will of the people. The “will of the people” is meant “electoral” votes as well as the “popular” votes.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  179. Judie Blaustein

    It means their instincts are right on target. The Republicans will continue to try to degrade the process as long as Obama is ahead in the polls. It is all part of John the McSmut's tactics.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  180. James in NYC

    Jack,
    It is so sad that our country places it's greatest right and privilege so low on it's financial agenda. We spend so much time and money on giving other countries the freedom to vote that we ignore our own antiquated systems.
    We should honor the Voting Day as a National Holiday for everyone just like we do Independence and Memorial Day. American Voters are the propagators, sustainers, and the invigorators of our very Democracy and they too deserve to be honored!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  181. Prince, Calgary

    Jack, is because Americans do not want to see those "hanging chad," "dimpled chad" and "pregnant chad" anymore

    October 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  182. Rob , NYC

    Their going to try an steal this thing–no matter how far behind that troll is.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  183. Marie Canada

    It's a shame when you listen to the news and the only time you hear stories about election irregularities, voter suppression and fraud is when elections are being held in 3rd world countries and in the U.S.

    It just amazes me how the U.S. can put men on the moon but can't run honest and fair elections without constant turmoil.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  184. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    How come in the United States, the largest proponent of democracy in the world, can't seem to get the system right? Jealousy and greed have governed our politics for hundreds of years, and I don't expect that to change when ideologues collide on November 4th. It's an obsessive, repulsive, and self-perpetuating trend... and is the reason why I'm still not a registered voter.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  185. john heaton

    if there is another fiasco like the last election with all the interest and
    the number of first time voters getting into this election. if we have major problems or it seems the election is being stolen by one side
    it will be the beginning of the end of our democracy and that would
    be ashame for all of us,,

    October 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  186. Jeff Crocket

    It is the price of freedom and liberty for all!!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  187. Sharon from Virginia

    Jack not only is the answer " NO" and you know the rest of it. McCain is a very nasty man in so many ways. What I wish he would do is spend some time telling the people about his plans for the country. And stop talking about what Obama plan will not do. The man is so Dam JEALOUS of Obama it has become sad.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  188. Richard - Knoxville TN

    Of course we are concerned about VOTER FRAUD –( Note capitilization of the words ) - Between the republican party and the media most of are almost paranoid by now --

    The republican party in general and the republican presidential and vicepresidental candidates specifically have spread their lies and fear mongering to equate FALSE VOTER REGISTRATIONS (a person turns in a voter registration as Micky Mouse in Ohio) to actually be VOTER FRAUD (where a person tries to impersonate Micky Mouse in order to vote frauduantly - actually a very rare hapenstance and carries severe criminal penalties ) -

    Over the years the republican party has tried to keep people who do not think like republican white folks away from the voting booth -

    October 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  189. Brian

    Jack,

    It means it's time for a nationwide electoral reform. We need a standardized election process across every county and every state in the country, with only one way to vote, one system for early/absentee voting and one path for people who have problems with voting.

    We also need to change the voting window to a week instead of a day. Americans should be able to walk in any time during the first week of November and cast their ballot. No more waiting lines, no more "emergencies" when someone's registration status is in dispute.

    This is the single most important process in our nation and it is inexcusable to allow so many variables, which open the process to an equal amount of problems.

    Brian
    Moscow, Idaho

    October 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  190. dave from NH.

    It means that the integrity of our goverment is in decline. The days of a two party system are gone, there is so little difference between the two, you could put them all in a giant bag throw them in the ocean and god couldn't even sort them out. Oh wait god is probably not the one who will be going through the trash!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  191. susan from Idaho

    It’s a seven-letter word called Florida. After 2000 we all are acutely aware of what lengths a candidate will go to occupy the master bedroom in the While House. That’s about all Bush has done, what a cruel joke the last eight years have been for the American people.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  192. BG

    There is a lack of trust in the Government ...

    October 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  193. Andrew

    Look at it this way, Jack. We voted Bush into office in 2000, a moderately stupid move. We voted him BACK into office in 2004, and even MORE stupid move. At this rate, America might write-in Ricky Martin for the win in 2008.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  194. Patrick, Odenville, Al.

    Jack,
    I'm very fearful for our election process in this country. How can we as Americans feel comfortable about voting when our votes probably will be switched or misplaced because of a particular group wants their candidate to win. It happened in the 2000 election and now I fear it will happen in 2008. We have computers switching people votes and when they're not switching votes they crash while you are voting. This is ridiculous. If the Republicans want the White House that bad then they need to start picking more deserving candidates to represent their party and stop trying to steal the election.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  195. chuck

    Jack,i sent through two blogs and why are my blogs not posted? Don't waste mt time old fellow.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  196. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    With crooks making and setting up the electronic voting machines and being put in all states by republican pressure, do you really need to ask this question?

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  197. Jan K Florida

    It appears there is plenty of reason to be concerned based upon
    the problems already encountered with touch screens in early voting.
    The only way to fix it is to go back to X marks the spot. Let's hope
    people are extremely cautious and create all kinds of fuss if it
    even looks suspiciously like their vote is not registering the way
    you want it. If it takes 24 hours to vote..so be it!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  198. Jackie in Dallas

    It means that after two elections where voting machine and vote counting fraud was rampant, and led to the wrong person being selected for the White House, that the voting population has had ENOUGH! And enough has surfaced recently to point to fraud in the GOP's favor that it makes me afraid for my country. The GOP can comment all they want on ACORN, but what about the executives of the company furnishing the voting machines talking about rigging them so votes for Obama are counted as for McCain? That hasn't gotten much air time.

    If we can pay bills and do electronic banking on the internet safely, why can't we find a safe, accurate method for counting votes? Please, someone, come up with a workable answer! I can pay my taxes online, order books or merchandise from around the world, balance my checkbook, and take college classes online - why not be able to vote online? It can't be any more vulnerable to hacking and dishonesty than our mish-mash of current systems are...

    October 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  199. Tom Doyle

    Jack my feeling as I have said before is that when an American steals or changes another citizen's vote that person has committed TREASON. It sounds a little harsh but that person is robbing a voter of his most basic American right. However , to answer your question; yes I think that some slime balls will try to steal the votes of their fellow Americans.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  200. JW Georgia

    It means America continues it's decline to a second rate nation. After the 2000 election debacle, and given a handful of voters in one state or another seems to swing the election regardless of the popular vote, why would a voter trust any part of a process where very rich people spend millions to attain positions paying relatively small salaries? Something stinks in all this, and most folks really don't want to see up close the nest these rats live in.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  201. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    We mailed in our ballots early, but still don't trust the state of Arizona to get it right. Remember during the Republican Convention that a representative from Arizona, Sec of State we believe, said she "will do anything to get McCain elected." What we need are totally non-partisim election officials, or maybe we need to have an overseer from the UN or other foreign nation monitoring OUR elections much as we seem to do in other countries that we claim have fraudulent elections.

    October 23, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  202. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    It means that we don't trust those in power ! We had faulty ballots in 2000, and a President appointed by the Supreme Court instead of the other way around, like it's supposed to be. Then we had faulty voting machines in 2004, and we are having those same problems again!
    But when has this country ever held an election in which every vote was legitimate, and every one was counted. Probably never!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  203. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    ABSOLUTELY Jack! I fear the Republicans will try ANYTHING to STEAL this election as they did in 2000!

    October 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  204. Rick C

    John McCain was more honorable in 2000 then he is today. His action was not something you would expect from a man of his character. He has hurt and divided this country in this election. John lost site of what this country and what this Presidency means. What ashame in for this man to end his career on.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  205. Gloria Coleman

    No! And it has become uglier every day, he is not a man of his word.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  206. jaren

    it seems mccain is trying relentlessly to strike fear in voters by allowing words like socialist and terrorist in his campaign. i fear that this dishonorable campaigning will divide our country and he knows that

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  207. befuddled

    Unfortunately, he has not. Since his announcement to run for High Office, he has steadily slid down a very nasty slope. Obama seemed to be doing the same, but has since rescinded some of those tactics. I was a McCain fan when he was just a Senator, and have been completely disillusioned by his campaign.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  208. Gerry

    What it means Jack, is there's fairer elections in 3rd world countries than any election the GOP is involved in.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  209. Danny Clark

    Jack tired of hearing you trash McMcain. I am a democrat but I am tired of hearing most of cnn campaign for the democrats.Lou is the only one that is the only one at cnn that will tell it like it is.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  210. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    So what's new? Everyone knows that the archaic electoral college nullifies our votes anyway. Besides, Republicans haven't played their last card yet, and it will be interesting to see how they will steal the election this time around. By the way, why is Florida allowed to be in on this one. They should have been forced to sit out a couple of elections, at least until they could prove they can do it right.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  211. shirley

    NO!!!!! everything that comes out of his mouth in so negative. him and his running mate started all of the negative talk. what did he think would happen Obama would just sit back and not say anything. I'm really tried of all the negative ads. Just like his running mate stated "God will make sure the right person is elected on Nov. 4th." Well when Obama gets elected i hope she can still say that, because for once i have to agree with her. I am 100% a Obama suppoter....

    October 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  212. Spencer/Newport News, VA

    The GOP is always trying to steal an election. Ne gone with the GOP.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  213. david palomares

    Sen.McCains campaign have been negative and had servered no positive purpose.As a Republican he will not recieve my vote.It is a shame that politics has taken on this tactic even though it is not new.The world certainly has a new view of the U.S.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  214. Sasha Pruett

    Though I have registered to receive a voter card several times, I am always sent a mail in ballot and if I show up at the polls, I'm given a provisional ballot. I have a deep mistrust in mailing in my ballot, and in this election, I'm not taking any chances and will be voting early! I don't want my vote not be counted–I live in CA under a Republican governor and am not taking any chances!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  215. Donnajoyce

    The fact that we can even question how our elections are run, and be heard, is proof that our democracy is still working. As technology grows and changes we are going to struggle to keep up with it and government is always notoriously slow to catch on. However we in Washington State are not having the trouble that seems to plague Fla. EVERY election, along with other states. Perhaps they should take a lesson from us and resort to mail-in-ballots (which also allows for early voting) which has served us so well. It has allowed all of us to have a voice and avoid the long lines. I love it!

    October 23, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  216. Alan, Buxton Maine

    It means we know that the Republicans stole the last two elections and are doing everything they can to steal this one. They are using every dirty trick in Rove's playbook and adding a few more. They can not win honestly as they have nothing to offer so it is their only hope.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  217. belle from texas

    we have learned not to trust our goverment;

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  218. Tabitha

    Jack, I have tried to remain optimistic about this election, but I am increasingly losing confidence in our election process. Over the previous couple of weeks, I have been hearing more and more about valid, registered voters being told that there is a problem with their registration and that they may only fill out a provisional ballot. Problem is, those provisional ballots don't all get counted–many are just thrown in the trash. What I want to know is why Democrats aren't doing more to combat this. We keep hearing, through mainstream media, that Obama is leading and he may "win by a landslide"–not if the Republicans, with their HAVA, have anything to do with it.

    Sure, there are those who are working to make voters more aware of this problem, but it seems too little, too late. There are still PSAs stressing the importance of voting and voter registration, but where are the PSAs instructing voters what to do when they are turned away at the polls? Where are the PSAs suggesting to voters that perhaps provisional ballots are not much of a consolation?

    This worries me terribly.

    Tabitha
    Marietta, GA.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  219. Wally© Belgium

    This shouldn't be an issue...at all in the 21st century...

    Here in Belgium, where voting is mandatory, we have been voting digitally for more then 20 years with people getting their 'voting invitations' from the local government...

    There has never been any claim of voting fraude...

    Why is it that a nation which claims to be the most advanced in the world cannot guarantee it's voters an absolute free and honest election ?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  220. Tony Massapequa New York

    Jack The GOP was very dirty in Florida against Gore. Why would we think they would be any less crooked this time. The whoe tone of the campaign is to win any way you can. To cheat is just another tool in their kit.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  221. Dana from Illinois

    We have had so many screw ups in the previous elections that I don't think anyone really thinks it will go without a glitch this time. I hope Florida isn't an issue this year, I feel sorry for people who do know how to vote correctly there

    October 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  222. Ryan, Philly

    Since elections are run on a local level with different methods, we cannot generalize that the entire system is corrupt.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  223. Roy - IL

    I think voters realize in this day and age, that if all else fails...those desparate to get into power have other options to change the election other than swaying your personal vote, and in recent years have found that they could indeed resort to using those other options with minimal consequences and accountability.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  224. Bob

    The loss of confidence in the integrity of an election is a loss of confidence in the proposition that we are a democracy. Historically this has brought about the ultimate downfall of many nations.

    Bob Fleming
    Louisville, Ky

    October 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  225. jane from Fla.

    This election will be stolen once again.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  226. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It means people are finally waking up to the fact that the last two elections were stolen and they're angry that many of the "problems" STILL haven't been fixed.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  227. Sarah, Edmeston NY

    This is my first presidential vote (I'm 21), and all of these voting snafus have me really concerned. I'm from the state that put "Osama" on the absentee ballots for "Obama," so this casually irresponsible treatment of our votes is hitting too close to home. I'd really like to know from older voters how new these concerns are to them. Maybe you could ask your viewers to share some voting experiences from their past. Was it ever done right?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  228. Margaret

    Jack-
    I have heard all the reports of voting machine screw-ups. So far all appear to have switched democratic votes to the republican column. Are there any known cases of the reverse happening?

    October 23, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  229. Ginger H -- West Melbourne, FL

    The general public’s confidence in the integrity of our election process has been on the decline for a couple of decades already. It's only just now being widely acknowledged, forced on the media with what happened here in Florida in 2000. What will happen is the same thing that has happened in many other countries where the people believe their elections are totally rigged...they just won't vote at all. We'll end up with a military government.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  230. John Sinclair

    After the 2000 election was stolen in Florida, and 2004 was stolen in Ohio, we'd be better off with international monitors.

    Maybe France, Iraq and Chile could loan us a few.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  231. Joel Peters

    It means that the public may feel like the rug is being pulled out from under them ... I know I will feel at a loss in having our votes count if in the final analysis it is shown that this election cycle has been fraught with lack of campaign integrity, voter fraud, broken election equipment and process. After this long nasty and tiring election season ... when voters finally make it through ... the very least is that we all need to feel that our vote in the end counts!! Is our election system broken? Let's take the high road with the campaigns. But at the very least for goodness sakes ensure the integrity and security of out election system.
    That's my vote.
    –Joel

    October 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  232. Karen - Nashville

    Jack, you're going to hear a lot about ACORN from Republicans who think the organization is some kind of Democratic plot. Please remind them than John McCain was actively involved in ACORN until recently. I think the whole process works quite well considering the size of our population.

    October 23, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  233. Hilda

    It means that Americans will again lose confidence in the election process, and revert to lack of interest in elections.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  234. Gretchen from Denver

    Jack, It is a disgrace that the voting in this country is such a mess. I live in Colorado and support governor Ritter, but in any case it is the responsibility of the governor of any state to guarantee that voters will be treated fairly and that no voter should have to wait more than 30 minutes to vote.
    The governor of Florida should be held responsible for everything from the breakdown of machines to the draconian requirements about middle names etc. If a person's ss. # matches the first and last name on a registration that is enough. Beyond that it is harrassment and voter supression.

    Among the hundreds of things this country needs when we get some honest government will be nationwide election reform. It is a sad day when the greatest country in the world can not run its own election.

    Glad you are back on the show. Gretchen

    October 23, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  235. Eric Ganter

    Jack: It means that those Iragis that we saw a few years back with the purple fingershad a better shot at a fair election than the people that liberated them. How backwards is that?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  236. Mike D

    Is it just me, but I thought we lived in a republic not a democracy!

    when I was in school we pledged to the "republic for which it stands"

    As to voter confidence, I say until the voter gets a receipt verifying his vote, no ones vote has validity.

    Mike
    Oakland, CA

    October 23, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  237. Dave in Nashville

    Why isn't there one voting machine every local, state and national election would use to eliminate problems? The answer is simple, it would be too simple!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  238. Daniel, Indiana

    It says that Americans don't have faith in the computers or the manufacturers of those computers. Where I am at, here in Indiana, I did not notice a paper trail with our computers, during the primaries. That makes me nervous. How am I to feel sure that my vote will register as I intend on it being cast. I would feel much safer having a paper ballot to mark than a computer with no paper trail. No paper trail allows for an election to be skewed or stolen. I have no real confidence in the voting system that we have here in Indiana, or here locally, at least.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  239. Francheska , Georgia

    The election process is fine. It is the human aspect of it that worries me. If we can put a man on the moon, we can have fair elections.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  240. sophie Dibie

    Off course Americans have reason to fear that their votes won't count in this current election cycle. All one has to do is look back at the last two presidential elections to know that our democracy is highly flawed. The current president never had the true mandate to rule good old USA. And not much has been done to improve the national election cycle in this country. Why can't they have a simple straight forward federal election process?!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  241. Henry

    Republicans have stolen two elections that has been proven in my book, what is to stop them now. They have all the big money backers who can buy the best crooks in high tech in the world. There is no honor among thieves.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  242. Ryan PG in Arizona

    Because the corporations and oil companies that own much of this country are trying hard to get handfuls of slips of paper with McCain on it from their pockets to stuff in the ballot box, so to speak.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  243. Doug Shultz

    I really don't understand how we can put a man on the moon using computers, have all of our corporations and entire society managed by computers, yet we can't design a simple program that accurately tracks a simple answer to a simple question... "who do you vote for"? It's either a conspiracy or a total joke, I'm not sure which....

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  244. Anne

    What does it mean? It's simple, really. It means the Republicans have been in charge for the last eight years and they will resort to ANYTHING to win. My sons are voting in their first presidential election. What does it say when they are seriously worried that in spite of the nearly 10 percent lead in the national poll, the outcome may be decided by cheating in the election. My son has stated that if this election turns out to rigged, he is through voting. That's a real shame and we need to make sure our elections are honest.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  245. Aaron

    Jack,

    It's truly a travesty that Americans have so little confidence in their election system. I honestly believe that people are still slightly weary because of what happened in 2000. It quickly reminds us that the man who gets the most votes doesn't get to be the President of the United States.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  246. John Boydstun

    The solution to voter fraud is actually pretty simple. Do away with the electoral college and use the popular vote. This would make it much, much harder to manipulate the elections, would have nullified the interference of the Supreme Court in 2000 and most importantly, George W. Bush would have been sent back to Texas, where he is deserved.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  247. Bonnie Babbitt

    Jack – It means they don't live in Oregon. We have mail in ballots which we receive two weeks prior to election. That is plenty of time to talk to Elections Board for help. We have paper backup. No weather problems because we vote privately in our homes with no interruptions, lines, etc. It is a wonderful way to make an intelligent decision about who should be our leader.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  248. Leonese From Georgia

    Well Jack, its just another indicator that our country is headed in the wrong direction, and the failure of our government to run an efficient, competent process when it comes to Domestic Issues. Just think if the Space Program had these same process flaws, we would be mocked around the world. Actually because of our inefficient voting process we may already be mocked around the world.

    Change is needed in a great way!!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  249. Steve Erin

    Let's not get too excited. Most Americans were doubtful about ATM machines,Debit cards and buying things on the internet. New Technology is always suspect until proven. As more people get experience with the new machines and as any glitches are eliminated, the level of confidence will continue to improve.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  250. Bill from Wisconsin

    As a former election administrator I don't really think the quality of our election process has changed much over the past 30 years. It is for the most part honest and accurate with few glitches. The Florida problems in the close election of 2000 reminded people of how important one vote can be and that has increased voters concerns. Another major factor is the media's desire to dramatize every little nuance of an election to build their viewer base.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  251. ernie zierle

    Would it be too much to ask that our elected representive will be honest and reflect ouy needs? Special intrest and big bussiness run this country. It's all about money, not the people. Money, they say, can't buy happyness but it can almost anything else. Be very afraid of our election process. Every rabbit will be pulled from the republican hat to keep the people from expressing there will.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  252. Rocky from Chicopee, Ma

    I don't know why people are worried. Just because some of the early voters in Florida were named Daffy Duck. Sherlock Holmes and Millard Fillmore shouldn't have any body concerned.

    C'mon Jack, you're old enough to remeber when most of the votes JFK got in Chicago were from corpses. Happens every 4 years; not any more this year than before.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  253. Lee Metcalf

    No one has any doubts that the Damocrats will try to steal this election. John Kennedy got into the white house this way. As the Wall Street Journal said, "the democrat party is a danger and embarrassment to America."

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  254. Janie S.

    Jack,

    I think it is indicative of the way this administration has mishandled everything in the past 8 years. It (the Bush admin.) could not get the Katrina issue resolved in a timely fashion, flu shots last year and the year before were either in short supply or for the wrong virus. After the 2004 election, they have had four years to figure it out. I hope it means that the voters will elect an new administration that will fix the problems in OUR country and elect Barack Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  255. Steve Chapman

    Jack –

    This is the way the republicans want it. Make it hard to vote, challange your vote, tell you you are anti-american if you are not from a small town. I have all the confidence in the world that the republicans will try to keep my vote from counting, but when NO ONE votes for McCain that is becoming harder and harder to do.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  256. Liam

    Voter confidence is not the only thing that is falling. So is our confidence in politicians, the economy, the penal system, the judicial system, etc. What does it mean? Get the corruption out of our system. It is rotting out the core of what used to be the American Dream. We need to wake up and put a new independent party in power that reflects the modern world and knows how so solve modern problems.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  257. Rigo Rodriguez

    My confidence on the system of electing contidates was lost when Florida's "chadgate" and then the Republican Supreme Court put thier five votes in.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  258. Rupa

    Jack, the rest of the world USED to look up to US for fair and just election process. Then, Bush "won" somehow and we became a joke! Beyond that, I have always been shocked at the low turnout in US compared to the turn out in some other not so advanced countries in the world! Apathy perhaps?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  259. Julie

    It means more and more people have gotten wise to the fact that the GOP can steal elections by hacking into voting machines, "caging" voters, etc.. Problem is, we don't know how to stop them, and unless we figure it out, we're going to lose our democracy.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  260. Paul Walker

    Jack,
    What it means is that public confidence in the most fundamental aspects of governance, aspects that have been privatized for the most part be they election infrastructure, intelligence operations, military special operations or financial management of the bail-out with redacted contracts accurately reflects the performance of these efforts.
    Government services, be they law enforcement, intelligence, fire protection, ,military & veterans programs and yes elections are in fact not "evil". To restore confidence in these vital aspects of our beloved democracy these aspects should be managed by those that have the public interest at heart not profitability.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  261. walter short

    It is a disgrace that EIGHT YEARS after the 2000 election debacle, centerd in Florida, that there is not a single, uniform voting system in this country. To think that the voting system has not been immediatly repaired, shows that there is no concern for the "Public Good" anywhere among those in charge of such things. I have very little confidence that the votes will be counted properly, or that everyone who votes, will have his or her voice heard.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  262. Marcus Sean

    Outside rhetoric, lies, and scandal, now the American public can't even trust the voting machines. Perhaps, both candidates can fork over some of the billions of donated dollars to help repair the broken voting system, only after they pay for the expensive high heels, repetitive commercial ads, and annoying robocalls!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  263. Sean from Denver

    I believe the distrust over whether your vote is safe once cast is primarily due to the distrust that people have not only in the computer machinery used in the vote casting system but also because of the possible partisan influence that could be present when the machines programming is being input into the machine. I think people are worrisome about the problems that electronics can create when hear about identity fraud and how easily it can be accomplished by someone with the intent.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  264. Kavahn

    It means that democracy as we know it can, and may be put to the side This cannot happen because as you said, we, as a country, are supposed to be going to different countries making sure that everything is going smoothly. If American can not pick it's president in a honest, truthful way, we could lose or grip on democracy?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  265. CURTIS HALL,BROOKLYN,NY

    jack,its a sad day in our country when people feel that way really sad!!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  266. Sherry,

    Jack,
    This is something that makes our county look very bad. The fact is that in most places they can't even give a simple receipt. The ATM can do it, why can't something as important as our vote do that. I live in Ohio and my concern is not in voter registration fraud, it's in the final count that seems to be a mess. Unless this election is a land slide, I'm afraid the whole thing is going to turn us into a country divided. We can't afford for this election to be fraudulent or appear to be in any way on election day.
    Sherry
    Waynesburg, Ohio

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  267. Jason, Miami, FL

    It all has to do with transparency Jack. When new voter registrations get purged because they missed a middle initial or a decimal it's quite worrying. Also the fact that electronic voting machines programs aren't open source and can't be verified by outside sources to make sure they are 100% legitimate makes it all suspect. The best thing we can do is what we have here in Florida with optical scanning. Having a paper trail in this day an age is absolutely vital to our democracy.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  268. Edgar in Canada

    Jack, I cannot believe what I'm hearing when it comes to voting in the USA. We have a great system here in Canada where the Federal Government registers everyone who is eligible to vote and we have a simple paper vote that works just fine. I have yet to hear of a problem with voting in this country. Maybe you should try it.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  269. TrendyMac

    It means the RNC has been cheating more & more each successive election to the point that the very fabric of democracy has been severly corrupted.

    Just once, I wish the republican party would try to win on the merits of their platorm, plans & policies. Actually fight a clean fight ... Just once...
    Until then... i can never respect or trust anything they say..

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  270. Dana

    Jack, I stood in line for 2 hours here in Florida today, it was the first time i have ever used a paper ballot, didn't feel confident that my vote would count, but I casted it anyway. All I could think is I pray people make the right choice and I hope all these paper ballots don't get shredded somewhere, so the Republicans can win again!

    Dana
    Riverview Florida

    October 23, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  271. Bill

    well Jack as i left my early voting polling place yesterday here in Florida after casting my vote for Obama, i was wondering how the Republicans were going to "rig" the election this year as they have done in the past two elections here..........we've become a pathetic country!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  272. Allan

    Jack, I don't want to be a master of the obvious but the ballot is far too complicated when lined with the average intelligence of our voters.

    'later

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  273. frannie, mansfield ohio

    I personally can't decide whether it's safer to vote weeks early on paper, or vote on election day with a machine. The widespread distrust means we really, really need an honorable administration, and a President who thinks of us as human beings, not cogs in the growing of the economy. I would like to have pride in America restored (I can say that, I'm not running for anything). I am proudly voting for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  274. Paul D. from North Ridgeville, Ohio

    I think that alot of people have lost their faith in the U.S. government, not just here in America, but all over the world! I think that we are seen as a country of greed instead of grace! I also think that is the government that John Mccain represents.....people are fed up....I know I am!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  275. Kara, Texas

    So glad that you are back! For me, it means that we are starting to fail as a democracy. The founding fathers would be very sad. The quote "You will never beat the United States militarily, but they will destroy themselves within", is scarily coming true.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  276. Debbie in Florida

    In our age of technology with online banking and the internet, why can't we get the one basic right of American citizens right?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  277. B in Va.

    I voted early today. I have no clue if that vote will be counted, but how would the average "Joe" know if this vote or any past voting is honest? I doubt any past or future voting is 100% honest!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  278. Pablo, Charles Town, WV

    It means that If the election comes down to a few questionable ballots and the Supreme Court gets to select the next President, they have to give it to the Democrats this time, even if McCain has more of the popular vote than Obama. Fair is fair

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  279. Jos Ferguson

    Why are other states not looking at the one state that has little to no voting issues? Oregon votes include a paper trail, allow for early voting, are open to Democrats and Republicans to view when being counted, don't use punch out tabs, don't use computers that don't allow for a paper trail and is mail in only (homeless are able to vote thru government locations).

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  280. Mercedes, Georgia

    It is really scary wondering what tricks the republicans have up their sleeves this election year. I mean for the past two elections things have been fishy and noone seems to want this to stop. I heard about the man that was hired by the republicans to tie up democrat phone lines in 2004 and we all know the evil that was done in 2000. What's it going to be this time John McCain? I am quite sure you all have planned something.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  281. Jack

    It simply means the integrity of the voting systen HAS declined. Of course the Republicans are going to try to steal the election again. The last eight years produced many Republican millionaires

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  282. John - gardena, Ca

    It's a good thing, Jack. It means people are becoming more informed about how our elections have seemed to work – or not work – every 4 years for the last 8 years. Maybe if more people are concerned, then all the votes will actually get counted this time!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  283. Carol - Tennessee

    Jack, No one cares about how the votes are counted in my state. No one even bothers to take a poll here, since this state is red. I still vote. Those folks who have to wait so long to vote in the battle ground states should be grateful that someone cares about their vote. The fact that these are the states most likely to have long lines, poor quality control (i.e., paper ballots for backup) and voter suppression is another reason to eliminate the Electoral College and go with the popular vote. Then, my vote might count and the Governor of California's might, too. As for voter fraud – please remind Hugh Hewett that voter registration fraud is not the same thing as voter fraud. In fact, registration fraud seldom results in voter fraud.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  284. Matt

    America is is the beacon of democracy across the world. When this begins to suffer so does America and more so democracy as a whole. If every person who wants to vote on election day cannot then America must give up its title, how can the US confront healthcare when its worried about everybody being able to mark there X on the ballot.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  285. Dr. Barbara Kobrin

    Sadly, the public's lack of confidence is based on the truth that in the last two elections Repubican's have lost all integrity and belief in the free election system. Obviously they don't even believe in themselves. Those who have to cheat obviously have no ability to accept the public majority. Just think about the basis for the Bush-Cheny desire for a "unitary" presidency. That's just code for fascism. How embarassingly sad for us all if this is allowed to continue! I'm ashamed for us

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  286. Andre Fuentes

    The American people are being fooled once again. The election should change its format. We should put all candidates in a house full of cameras. Broadcast it nationally 24/7. Every day they would be given fictional situations and we would watch how they react and what their actions would be. We the viewers (voters) would evaluate their decisions based on our own beliefs and vote them off every week. It would save millions on campaigning and advertisements. Generate millions of viewers and the people would definitely have a better understanding on the candidates.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  287. gavin kelty

    back in rural Montague, MA Jack, we had a VERY high procedure. You walked up to a private desk with your voting ballot, checked the name in pen who you wanted in office, and brought it back to the hand-cranked voting box. The same voting machine that voted Abraham Lincoln into office. -Still works just fine. High-tech voting machines that switch party votes smacks aginst the very idea of America. BTW. loved your book Jack, keep up the good work! -Gav

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  288. Gwen

    Jack

    Miss you something terribly while you were gone...so glad to have you back...

    "Now to question the answer"...that sentence tells you where we really are as a nation..."do as I say..not as I do!" With all the brillant minds we have, why is it so hard to have a voting machine that works properly?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  289. Karen Jordan

    It means that other states should take a look at Oregon's process. A ballot is mailed to all registered voters, ballots must be received at the election offices by election day. Our ballots were mailed last week, I sent mine back Tuesday, my vote for Obama/Biden assured. Oh, and Jack, I considered writing you in for Troutdale city council but I thought the commute might be prohibitive. Great to have you back.

    Karen, Troutdale

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  290. Lou Riolo

    The essential question to any long standing democracy is "does my vote count"? With out such strong belief and the ability for extreme individuals on both sides of the aisle to question any election results, not matte how strong, destablizes our democracy. A strong belief in honesty and effective voting procedures are essential. The other alternative is civil unrest you see in so many other nations during election periods.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  291. Michele

    If the candidates receive all those contributions you would think they contenders would make sure the vote is honest. But I guess a wardrobe is more important. I think a election campaign donation on your income tax should instead cover election equipment maintenance and evaluations to make sure they work to perfection.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  292. Irving Terzich

    Hello: I am inspector in a voting precinct in California. I am required to attend a 2 hour training session although my wife and I have been volunteering for many, many years in this civic duty. We will be guaranteeing each and every voter who turns up at the polls on Nov. 4 tjat they will be allowed to vote and that that vote will be accurately counted.

    Irv, California

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  293. Laurine Rogers

    It means Americans are wising up. If they all get on board to clean up the voting fraud mess, we will see great improvements in our nation for everyone.

    Laurie
    Iowa

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  294. Anastasia Silva

    What integrity?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  295. Matt, Knoxville, TN

    In a country that is so heavily dividided along party lines, it comes down to trust of elected officials. My local (republican) politicians have been investigated continuously over the past few years for nepotism, cronyism, and misuse of power. Am I really supposed to trust these clowns to make sure every vote is counted. Who's to say my democratic vote will count if its being counted by a group of appointees by a republican administration that has a track record of dishonesty. The same could be said about republican votes in corrupt democratic cities like Chicago.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  296. tom valentine

    All government, especially the Feds, have earned the people's skepticism the hard way. They are corrupt, inefficient lying bleeps in every aspect of everything.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  297. James W. Blevins

    Not that there aren't real concerns about voting integrity, but the interest is probably a very good thing. Not too many years ago, apathy was the norm. Now people seem very concerned about elections.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  298. ness

    The world is watching. If America continues to have election irregularities, then they should not bother to send their election observers to other countries. America should be a role model to others.
    Bear, Delaware

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  299. Wendy

    May be Washington should come up with some bail out money to install state of the art voting systems so that we can execute our constitutional voting rights. It is sad when a democracy country like the US is supposed to be a civilized nation yet when we look around it is practicing uncivilization act. I guess this is the way twe should lead the rest of the world "do as I say not as I do".

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  300. Helen in WV

    Jack it is great to see you back; I look forward to hearing you. If John McCain and the Republicans were ahead we would not be hearing anything about Acorn or anyone else. John McCain gave a speech in 2006 at an Acorn conference. They really don't care who is hurt or affective by their actions as long as they win.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  301. Kojenwa

    I just can't understand it. The fact that voter registration fraud has persisted over the course of the past ten years illustrates just how badly our democratic system is broken. Who are the hires? Where is management? Might this not be an opportunity to stimulate the economy and lessen the underemployment rate by at least hiring individuals who are capable of running a national organization?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  302. Jarrod -Charlotte, NC

    With all of the recent examples of politicians circumventing electronic systems (email, etc) I think it's to be expected as we convert to electronic voting/registration sytems. Most of us are baffled by our personal computers, let along massive voting/registration databases!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  303. Gary

    Our declining confidence in the accuracy of elections is just one more example of the well deserved lack of confidence of government in general. The will of the majority of Americans has been ignored by this congress and this administration. The fact that the those now in power effectively shut out the voice of the people through flawed elections is no surprise to me. In fact I would be amazed if those in government suddenly began to conduct themsleves with the level of integrity one would expect even from a fith grader.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  304. Wesley

    It means that people realize that big business and special interest can control anything, greed is a terrible thing.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  305. Ornesha

    This seems to be running parallel with the lack of confidence in our economic systems and our governmental systems. And if we were to amend the way these institutions were operating by first seeing the greed and corruption that has taken place in the name of "democracy", we'd also see that the elections systems must also change.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  306. peg mclean

    It means we've learned the old adage "Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice .........you get the gist . I missed you Jack. peg

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  307. Zbig, Clifton, Park, NY

    In these countries where people are smart and brave enough to revolt they don't have to worry about election fraud and recounts.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  308. Ron Morrison

    We would be better off voting online and having it announced on "American Idol". Probably get more people to vote that way, too.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  309. Andrew Birdsell

    Hey Jack ! Does the last 8 years mean anything ! I am 70 years old and as long as there are Republicans thinking they well lose an election. They well go anything to win. Who did G. Bush put in charge over the states for election oversite . Does Gov of Fl mean anything. America has been sold out to the highest bidder. Thanks Jack for your efforts to see through this mess. A.B.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  310. Christine

    The loss of confidence just fosters the attitude of 'why bother? my vote doesn't count.' When we live in a country where less than half of the eligible voters don't vote, adding more distrust could lead to questioning the very validity of our government. Is it really 'by the people, for the people, and of the people' when less than the traditional vision of a majority isn't present?

    This is extremely troubling. From registration fraud, purged voter rolls, phone line tie ups to keep people from getting transportation to polls and plain intimidation...this is a debilitating problem not only for the US public, but for our image as a legitimate democracy in the rest of the world.

    -Christine
    Seattle, WA

    October 23, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  311. Barney Brenner Fort Myers, FL

    Voters become fearful, wondering if their vote really matters. Here in Fort Myers my Wife and I have gone to the early voting center three times a day since Monday, and have seen lines about 1 to 2hrs long morning and afternoon. We will vote, but how many votes are lost out of fustration by people who can't wait that long? We have the right to vote in a timely manor and have it count. So let's force people to wait in a long line to vote wondering if it will count anyway.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  312. Vic from Atlanta, GA

    Here in Georgia our secretary of state, Karen Handel, is keeping up the Republican tradition of actively trying to remove Democratic voters from voter rolls and trying to remove Democratic candidates from the ballots. Oh yeah, our electronic voting machines don't print out a paper confirmation of your vote and they are manufactured by a company whose leaders have publicly supported only Republican candidates. What, me worry?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  313. sandra

    what this nation needs to do is issue a card for all voters and mandate by law that in federal elections is use only paper ballots only.use machines in county and state elections. be alot more accurate

    October 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  314. Sandra Crawford

    An Americans right to vote and have the votes counted fully and fairly is the brick that builds confidence and crediblity in our government. That has been evidenced by the vote messes and votes not counted in the 2000 race. From the begining there have been shouts and accusations of a stolen Presidential election. President Bushes approval rating 8 years later reflects the lack of confidence that started with the miscounted and uncounted votes in 2000.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  315. Bek

    Jack, I had tried to make this suggestion a while back. It is a pity the US after 200+ yrs has not got democracy and voting right. Senator Mcain as a wise elderly statesman should have conceded to Sen. Obama long ago. We as tax payers would have been saved all this pain and money. There will be no issue of voter fraud. Sen. Mcain would have shown he is bipartisan a real maverick

    October 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  316. Paul

    Let's not be too rough on McCain. His choices are to lose honorably, or win dishonorably. He has already experienced the first in 2000, now he wants to try the latter.

    Paul
    Wiilliamsville, NY

    October 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  317. Jim Green, Seguin, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack…If Wal-Mart gave us a piece of paper which said “trust us, we wouldn’t cheat you"—-instead of a receipt for our purchases….then we would understand the depth of the problem by having electronic voting without a paper trail—-we have good reason to be alarmed!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  318. John from California

    Jack, this is a recurrent theme in every election now. Does this mean we need to have national regulations when it comes to voting? If we need to do that in order to have more integrity in our elections, then, so be it. Otherwise, States need to ask other states for help in how their elections go smoothly, and nothing is wrong with that, Florida.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  319. T. Hayse elizabethtown ky.

    McCain is trying to cling to straws . He has stooped to low politics to win the election. He talks of change but does not say he is any different than Pres. Bush. He says he is not Pres. Bush but does not say his changes are any different. I think how come it has taken so long for his change after all he has been a senator for how long ? Is John McCain going to be this slow if he should become president?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  320. Joe

    Jack,
    What happens when people finally realize that Wall Street is corrupt, the goverment is corrupt, the election process is corrupt and the media who is suppose to be the watch dogs over it all has also gone corrupt ? We come to the conclusion that this wonderful, beloved country is in serious trouble.

    Joe,
    Pelion, South Carolina

    October 23, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  321. John Kelley

    I fear the use of fraud on the part of the Republican party. They have lied to us on Iraq, they have run our economy for the benefit of the rich, and they know how to use some of their favorite news programs to help their cause. Thank God for Mr Cafferty to give balance on the Situation Room.
    All I can suggest is that everybody check their vote before leaving the voting booth and to make sure there is no monkey business going on.
    The Republicans will pull every dirty trick they can, even creating an allusion they are winning.
    2000 election was a coup in Florida and sanctified by the Supreme Court. Let's hope we do not have the same thing again. The Republicans have an uncanny ability to twist the truth.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  322. Jason from MA

    Considering we "elected" GWB in 2000, i wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't any integrity in voting this year. But thank God there is. All we can do is pray we don't get screwed again.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  323. Gordon from Virginia

    I don't know why we have to go through this every four years. Didn't we learn our lesson in 2000 down in Florida? We've had plenty of time to make sure that the election process works right.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  324. rudy

    If the republicans have an once of shame after 8 years of bush-Mc cain disastrous policies they should just forfeit this time not just from the presidential race but from any race to a public office.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  325. Lynn Stote Palm coast, Fl

    It is very simple. We have lost confidence in Gov't to do the right thing. We invade a soverign country (IRAQ) on false pretenses and without a Congressional declaration of war. We can't control our borders. Congress just listens to the lobbyists who ply their trade with "campaign" contributions better known simply, as bribes.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  326. Kathy N. from Omaha

    As the public feels more and more helpless, realizing they really don't have a say in our government (no longer "of the people, by the people"), two things can happen: people will turn inward and focus their concerns only on their immediate world around them that they can touch or they will take personal responsibility to make things beyond them better, making a difference despite the powers that be.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  327. James Cole

    Jack, like the McCain campaign the current voting system is flawed. As a past poll worker I can honestly tell you that there are areas of our country that do not have the suffcient number of Republicans or Democrats to assure proper checks and balances at the polls. In those areas you have the fox watching the hen house. Why we do not have certified independent monitors, like the National Guard or Local Police monitor the polls during election day is not too puzzling. We have deluded ourselves into thinking that fraud and unethical behavior only exist in other countries.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  328. Tom

    This mean's that the 'isues" that our country faces have taken a back seat, to showing the world how we can totaly destroy a man's / woman's character... when running for the highest office of our land. By the way senator McCain how dare you alow palin to call senator Obama be called a terroist ? Remember sir he is still a united states senator just like you! When you loose, senator Obama will be Mr.President to you.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  329. Margaret

    Americans have lost their trust in everything since the Republicans have been in power in the last 8 years. Part of the reason is there were always indicators that the Republicans refused to look and that made people so frustrated because the Republicans were belittling in their complete dismissing of the signs. At the beginning we had 9-1-1, and the flying school calls the FBI several times about his concerns and statements by one of the actual hi-jackers and the FBI ignores him. The saga continues with such highlights as No weapons of mass destruction, 2004 Florida Election, and ends with the financial meltdown and Paulson saying no on could have known this was going to happen. How many times do Americans have to be snake bitten before we start looking in every corner for the snake.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  330. edithsarasota fl

    Jack, I voted the first day in Sarasota, fl and it was smooth as could be. I think lot of trouble comes from voters that do not keep up with their status as voters such as changege of addresses, bringing proper I D. not voting in primarys, not that that is necessary, but at least you know that all is in order. Ill informed voters are a big part of the problems. There was plenty of well informed helpers at the poll that I voted in...Every registered voter in Sarasota county was sent a sample ballot with instructions on how to use it. Thank you. E.G.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  331. David , Alaska

    This year the electorate is pretty testy. We won't lay back and let the republican governor resolve the situation this time. I can only hope there will be accountability and that those who allowed the system to fail will be punished. This is one right Americans don't want to see eroded! Mr. Bush took away our due process, right to privacy, and now it looks like our vote is the next one to go!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  332. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    I am not going to be surprised if there is another "Florida 2000". The Republicans are masters of deception just listen to their robo-calls, read their hideous mailers and ads!

    Any one who does not believe in the possible stealing of the election by the Republicans, can look up Allen Raymond who wrote "How to Rig an Election" a former GOP operative who was jailed for voter fraud!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  333. Aaron from Ohio

    It means we are much closer to being a banana republic than any of us care to admit. Voter suppression, machines flipping the vote counts, purging the rolls of eligible voters and voter intimidation. How can this even be possible in the United States?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  334. Jim

    When public confidence declines in elections it means our confidence in democracy is declining. Bush may have stolen the 2000 and 2004 elections. McCain is positioning to suppress the 2008 vote. When did democracy die in America?

    Jim

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  335. Ginger

    I think the possibility exists that the Republicans will make sure there is a significant enough problem at least in one, or possibly more states, to put the entire outcome of the election in the hands of a biased Supreme Court, in essence stealing the election again from the rightful winner as in 2000.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  336. ken gifford az

    I voted by mail, so did my wife. I voted dem, she voted for that other one. I don't trust that our votes will be counted. we spend so much watching other nations having corrupt elections, we must appear as hippocrits to the rest of the world. we need 50 differant systems to weed out local problems. I still think you guys are trying to make palin a goddess to the world.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  337. sophy

    That means among other things, that not always the computers are better than paper. It's obviously better and more secure to use the paper ballots in the country where you can find people even not able to read in the 21-st century. No offence please – it's just a problem of educational level admitted by everybody (thanks God, the first step toward the solution is understanding) – how to teach many-many-many which button to press. That's why there are long lines at the polls.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  338. Otis

    It is right for Americans to fear voting problems. We have seen the republican party steal the last two elections. Why wouldn't they steal this one to? Also on the socialist things. Truth is America has always had a socialist type of set up. Obama says he wants to redistribute the rich's money back down to the middle to lower class, and there's a problem. But there hasn't been a problem from republicans these past 8 years when the rich have gotten richer off of the poor man in every single way possible. But I guess as long as the rich get richer we call it capitalism.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  339. john richmond

    It’s imperative that we have an election system that the people can trust. Unfortunately, our leaders have failed to act decisively on this matter and it’s apparent that people aren’t comfortable with the integrity of the process. Example: ACORN

    October 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  340. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Welcome back Jack,I missed you! When you come back on will you please set that Republican Talk Radio host straight! I personally do care about the $150,000 the RNC spent on Palin's clothes. Who buys Biden's clothes? it's sad that they picked Nanook form the North and then have to dress her up! Please!! No Class – Desperation! Will the taxpayers have to dress the entire family if she is elected?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  341. T E - from OIK

    This is not a good sign in our country. We are fast becoming a third world country and it is clear the Republican Administration thinks people are so stupid they will fall for this type of uglyness. They don't want to get their claws out of the Power they have had for the last eight years – they cannot stand it. There are now other countries that are more advanced than the US I am unhappy to say. These people have our jobs, they have Universal Health Care and we are going down the same direction if McCain wins. He isn't any different than Bush.

    If he runs his campaign like this, then I am afraid he will run our country like this with lots of Drama.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  342. David

    The Devil is in the details. You get what you pay for. The majority of those working in the polls are not given anything but scant training. The government could launch programs to train and educate students with interests in political science and government. They could fund programs at state colleges and university's perhaps linked with financial aid incentives. Would provide a system to revamp our voting procedures and provide education and assistance to some of our youth. They couldn't do worse.

    David
    Old Hickory, TN

    October 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  343. Richard

    We can check other countries but we don't check our own? This shows me just how crocked our system is, just like the people that are running for office. They both lie to win.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  344. greg

    Jack sometimes youve got to trust the will of the people,if the supreme court had just stayed out of the 2000 election, maybe people wouldnt be so cenitcal.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  345. Mary, Austin Texas

    When a political party goes into court and negates your ONE vote because Jack Cafferty shows up to vote and the registrar shows Jock Cafferty with no fault of your own...it's not rocket science Jack. I agree with the purple finger technique. All the states need to go purple.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  346. Eileen Hayes

    This is not the same John McCain that rode on the "straight talk express" four years ago. He is now a crumpy old man who has turned against all the values and things he talked about before his express lost a couple of wheels. He keeps saying he is tested!!! Tested how? Has he every had to make a decision that involved the country as a whole in a critical way? Sitting in the cockpit of an aircraft on a runway waiting for the "President" to make that decision, does not make him tested. If that is true than all American troops in battle are being tested. I just don't understand how he is anymore tested than another Senator that has or might be running for this high position in our country.

    Eileen Hayes

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    October 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  347. Don Gordon, Sherwood Park, AB

    Voting irregularities are the result of this new fangled technology that is bound to fail on overload. Do we need the results that quickly? With the elections going on for a year, why can't the results of elections be forthcoming in a week? With milions spent on elections, wouldn't it be more dependable to spend some of that money on well-trained counters; at least that used to work.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  348. Helen Wright

    If we cannot be confident that our votes will be counted correctly, how we we continue to feel part of a democracy? Our country is better than countries that have little or no choice in who leads their country.
    I want my children and grandchildren to be interested in current events, and I want them to know that it's important to vote. I am very concerned that there may be some unfairness this year. I felt poorly treated as a voter 8 years ago. It appears that the same party that won then is setting out to challenge legitimate voters this year. Let me repeat, I am very concerned.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  349. Jessica

    Jack,
    I live in North Florida in one of the only Democratic counties in this area. Ironically I had a discussion with my co-workers today about whether early voting was a good idea. I voted early and was encouraging my co-workers to do so also because we work in corrections and emergency situations can and do often occur. The main issue that my co-workers have is whether or not they can trust officials to count their vote if they vote early. Considering that the US is supposed to be the example in the world for Democracy, that sad. I could only tell them that if you are voting Democratic in Gadsden County you're fine because the majority of the election officials and volunteers here are Democrat. Republicans I'm not so sure about your vote.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  350. Srinivas, Michigan

    Jack,

    I dont understand what to believe nowadays!!! One side there is ACORN and on the other side there is blocking new votes. Its very sad to see only 30% people vote in America. So it would be good to get it up, but hopefully without the fraud. I would be really happy does a real piece on ACORN.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  351. Leah, Vancouver,Canada

    Great to see you back, Jack!

    Canada had an election a few weeks ago and there has not been one word of voter fraud as we mark our "x" on a ballot. and they are counted by hand. We also have voter registration run by a non partisan arm of our federal gov't. We also run other levels of gov't's elections on different dates.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  352. Wayne (Solon Ohio)

    Jack...Are you kidding? Can you spell DISENFRANCHISEMENT Galore! As a Republican, Roman Catholic and African American, I am totally embarassed by the tactics of the so call McCain operatives. Why I still have faith in our election system, people will do anything to insure their side wins. I recently completed the poll workers training. No wonder Ohio has had screw-ups. It is alot of info we poll workers have to absorb, process and excute.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  353. James Cole

    Jack, isn't it obvious? It means we are a failing democracy that is comfortable with a double standard.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  354. Ted in Virginia

    Two things, Jack. First, we saw the Republicans play hardball on vote counting in the last two elections. They're still doing that by challenging voters in Ohio now. Second, today the Republicans are talking alleged voter registration fraud as part of their scare campaign. They are facing the prospect of major loss of power and they are trying to do what they can to undercut the legitimacy of the next administration. The GOP must think that the public's IQ is lower than room temperature. I'm sick of them and looking forward to a change.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  355. Sherrol in Canada

    Jack,

    It means there's some radically wrong with democratic America, the country that is supposed to be a beacon to the world when it comes to such matters. Who ever becomes the next president should make the electtion process top priority and get it cleaned up once and for all – proper polling equipment etc, it shouldn't be left up to the individual states.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  356. Kay

    It's a testiment to the Republican campaign against Acorn. Are Acorn workers wrong? Yes! Is it Obama's fault or doing? No! But don't you find it interesting that the Republican campaign is only raising the question of voter fraud in the 'battleground' states? I guess, in case they really do lose, they can cry fraud.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  357. Craig Lee

    So what’s the big surprise? Our attitudes and our behavior are in contradiction with each other. Excessive greed is everywhere and in everything in the US. Until we are willing to actually punish people for incorrect behavior that is strong enough to bring about a fundamental behavioral correction, then behaviors such as we are seeing today will continue to escalate. Our own liberal attitudes are our own death wish that anyone outside of the US can and will use against us. Live outside of the US for a period of time, . . . and then you’ll wake up!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  358. Tim Bradley

    Jack,

    The directions enclosed with the Florida absentee ballot tells voters to use either blue ink, black ink or a number 2 pencil. The directions on the Florida absentee ballot tells voters to use only a number 2 pencil.
    To answer your question, maybe crystal clear instructions would be a start. At least that would would boost my confidense until I find a number 2 pencil.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  359. Chicago John

    Jack, it means that I am about to personally start forming revolutionary groups to overthrow this "faux democracy"

    October 23, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  360. Amy, Canton, OH

    It means we have "been there, done that". I still have the emotional scars from the 2000 and 2004 elections. I wouldn't put the Republican party to slash and burn this election, too.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  361. Bob Schotman

    No. While both campaigns have aggrevated me with theri distortions, half truths and bald-faced lies, the McCain campaign is clearly the winner in this category.

    I feel insulted by McCain's campaign playing the same bad storylines over and over, despite them having been proven false or at best misleading by the media.

    Apparently his advisors believe that if you tell the same lie over and over, someone might believe it. Sadly, it is true.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  362. Betty H

    There've always been some questionable tactics in the voting process, but it seems to have worsened over the last decade. I think people are more aware now and are nervous that it will happen again. That's actually a good thing.....while we're paying attention, it might be a good time to discuss some federal standards to protect the vote and restore confidence in the voters,

    October 23, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  363. Todd, State College, Pa.

    It means that most of us are well aware that there almost all government systems are "broken", so why would our election system be any different. Why do you think both parties have teams of lawyers waiting in the wings? Corruption runs rampant all through the ranks of politics. You think 2000 was bad, wait till it really hits the fan. I think it's only a matter or time before something really fraudulent happens.

    Sorry for sounding cynical, but being realistic doesn't really give me much choice.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  364. Amy, Canton, OH

    It means we have “been there, done that”. I still have the emotional scars from the 2000 and 2004 elections. I wouldn’t put it past the Republican party to slash and burn this election, too.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  365. Hugh Carpenter another forgotten coldwar veteran

    We need a referendum to push the DNC & RNC conventions earlier, then shorten the time people can register to vote, so local registrars have an enough time in advance to process all voter registrations.
    Trying to process millions of registrations so close to election day, only fuels the skeptics to cry foul with the charge of election fraud.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  366. Gary Messenger

    Confidence is not the word to be used in what the electorate feels about the upcoming election. Cynicism with a tinge of bewilderment when it comes to a system that has had over two hundred years to work out the kinks and eight years since the election fiasco of 2000 and four years since the same in 2004.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  367. Don in Johnstown, Pa

    It means we may soon have to ask the Swiss to supervise and validate the integrety of our elections.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  368. Nicole in Florida

    Jack – as Americans we must get serious and DEMAND the government officials we elect get this under control!!!! We have allowed too many aspects of our government to get out of hand. This issue will continue to be played like a game UNTIL we DEMAND otherwise. Voter fraud, registration fraud, suppression....all a joke! And we can't let it happen anymore.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  369. Patrick

    You ask if "we" trust the voting? I, for one do not. I watched Florida in 2000 "stole" from Al Gore. Whole counties that historically voted democrat mysteriously vote Republican......We vote by mail here in Oregon and have one of the highest turnouts in the country. It is in the best interest of the republican party to insure a low voter turnout. Lower turnout means the republicans have better chance to win.....Is that truly a democratic philosophy? I do not thinks so.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  370. Stan Bloom

    John Mccain is too stupid to know that Obama will take all guns away from America and say so in public. All he needs to win is the issue of the 2nd and guns. Hundreds ofmillions of us don't want to lose our guns which we wll under the Obama and dems in charge of congress Save our guns vote Mccain!!!! Thats honorable

    October 23, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  371. Claudette Siar

    Florida early voting problem: I voted early Wednesday and realized as my paper vote was scanned that we have a major problem in Pinellas County, Fl. Because their are numerous candidates for president, the form makes it easy to vote for Obama or McCain and then for another candidate for president without knowing it. When this happens, voters are told at the scanner that they can go ahead and just let the ballot go though and "wherever" they voted twice will not count, but the rest of there ballot will. The problem is that the most likely place to make this mistake is on the president vote and the voter does not realize that they may not be registering any vote for president. I have contacted the election office on two occasions, but I am still concerned that the voters may not realized that it is their presidential vote or entire ballot being cancelled. Please tell people all over the country if the scanner rejects there ballot for voting twice in one block, do not let it be over written and processed, but to ask for another ballot. I have been unable to speak directly to Deborah Clark Supervisor of Elections Pinellas County when I called her office yesterday and today about this problem.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  372. Nikki M

    Jack,

    Unfortunately our lack of faith in the elections process is simply an extension of our feelings about government officials. Over the years, politics has become more about winning than having integrity. When John McCain sends out ads that are concrete distortions of fact, claiming that Obama oppposes mandatory prison sentences, and Obama skews some of McCain's positions, it's hard to have confidence. If our politicians aren't honest, how can we expect fair election results?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  373. Richard - Manassas, Virginia

    Jack,

    I have already seen the lines for early voting, with only about 64% of America voting we complain more people aren't involved. We now know the reason, they can't get in!

    You Rock Jack!

    October 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  374. Vic, Atlanta, GA

    Where I live our secretary of state is actively trying to remove likely Democratic voters from voter rolls and trying to remove Democratic candidates from the ballots. Oh yeah, our electronic voting machines don’t print out a paper confirmation of your vote. What, me worry?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  375. Bill Betts

    I have no confidence in the vote because the ease of organizations like ACORN to rig and election. What has happened is: Chicago Politics has spread like a cancer throughout America with the help of Government funding along with their motto, "Vote early and vote often". Our election system has been corrupted and we have no way of identifying legal voters let alone illegal ones.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  376. Elizabeth in Gregory, TX

    We will storm and police our own polls if our votes turn out to be a sham. Americans are fed up with being treated as stupid. "Let 'em think they voted" (wink, wink) is a dirty politicians dream and entirely within the realm of possibility.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  377. Fran M.

    I truly believe that if McCain were running an "honorable" campaign it would have started with choosing a responsible and appropriate running mate. Next, he'd be spending his air time telling us what he can do for our country and not wasting his time attacking Obama. I just hope my families 4 votes for Obama get counted. We plan to vote early ... this Sunday in Wake Forest, NC.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  378. Jamedra

    Jack,

    Let’s be honest. We very well may have witnessed the thief of democracy in the 2000 and 2004 elections. That perception can’t sit well with the American people. Now in 2008 we’re seeing allegations of voter fraud and voting inefficiencies being tossed around. With the tone of this campaign becoming evermore divisive. Christians against non-Christians, Liberals against Conservatives, Pro-Americans against Anti-Americans…

    Things have become SO EMOTIONALLY charged! Millions have been ignited on the right, left and middle! My fear is that either way the election goes there will be MASSIVE public backlash!

    -Jaye

    Hayward, CA

    October 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  379. Jaime

    If Americans confidence in our Voting procedures declines then Americans will stop voting. Democracy will break down due to the lack of patriotism people feel when they experience the connection they have to the USA by way of choosing it's leader. If we feel that we really don't have a voice, then why bother yelling?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  380. Tom Dent

    It means it's crooked Jack. It was crooked in 2000, it was crooked in 2004. The conservatives have figured out how to corrupt the vote and nobody seemed to take notice save a couple dedicated reporters and writers that stuck with the story. I was robbed then and in all likelihood I may be robbed again. Hopefully enough people will take notice this time around and the running democrat won't lie down for this nonsense like the last 2 presidential candidates did.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  381. Anthony Steele from Kansas City

    Why don't we have uniform voting equipment and procedures after 200 plus years of voting in America?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  382. James Cole

    Integrity? What integrity? Integrity means firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values, or completeness. The elections are a reflection the campaigns, divisive and suspect. How on earth are we to trust the polling place when we can't trust the technology or the process?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  383. Marguerite Brown

    As a "long-time" voter, I say it's really nasty that you have to worry about election fraud, and worry we should. When you think of all the American veterans who died for our privilege to vote, what does this cheating do to honor their sacrifice? It's a kick in the shins to their poor bones. Margie, Collegeville, Pa.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  384. Brant, TX

    Of course voters are concerned about the integrity of our voting system. We've heard the McCain campaign and the RNC question the integrity of the system over the last month. While many realize these claims are overblown, my guess is that just as many do not. Given the shenanigans of the 2000 & 2004 elections and these recent exaggerated claims, the reduced voter confidence in our system is to be expected, but not entirely warranted.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  385. Bill Betts

    An Attorney in the State of California Elections Department of the Secretary of State told me, that anyone including illegal aliens or any other person ineligible to vote could register and vote. There is no apparatus or method under our current law to detect a fraudulent vote. He said the only way to detect fraudulent voting is to change the California Law

    October 23, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  386. pauline

    A third world country can get it right. Why not you?

    October 23, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  387. Sharon from California

    Another sign of our broken system...but what I don't understand, I didn't hear of any outrageous problems with voting in our primaries and getting a proper count; but now all at once, there seems like a lot of problems have already emerged with the threat of more fiascos in getting a proper count for our Presidential Election....sounds fishy to me. Am I missing something? What a disgrace if this occurs again.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  388. Gerald Tampa Florida

    Easy one Jack. It means the decades long effort of Conservatives to make us disdainful of Government is alive and well after they have demonstrated how bad government can be. Too bad, we actually need our best people in government but if we have no respect for those who serve then our best people will go elsewhere and the Conservative view will be self fulfilling.

    October 23, 2008 at 5:46 pm |