Were machines in the November election allocated unevenly?

Not in heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

[A] Plain Dealer analysis shows that, in Cuyahoga County at least, the elections board distributed machines equally to city and suburban polling locations.
The long lines at some locations appear to be more the result of timing, new voters and overwhelmed poll workers, not necessarily a shortage of machines.
Before the Nov. 2 election, the elections board allotted each Cleveland precinct one machine for every 117 registered voters within its boundaries – the same ratio of machines that suburban precincts received.
In other words, the more registered voters a particular precinct had, the more machines it received, regardless of where that precinct was.
And in the end, the busiest precincts – when measured by the number of ballots cast per machine – were actually in the suburbs, not Cleveland, according to a Plain Dealer analysis of records from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Countywide, voters cast an average of nearly 71 ballots on each of the county’s 8,000 machines. In Cleveland alone, voters cast an average of 62 ballots per machine. In the suburbs, the average was 74.
Cleveland Plain Dealer

And likewise, the Columbus Dispatch reported that in Franklin County the busiest precincts were the suburban ones.

In fact, many polling places in inner-city neighborhoods had fewer voting machines than during the last presidential election.
Even so, the busiest places to vote


  1. JD Arney says:

    There were machines in Franklin county that never made it to a precinct.
    If you’re trying to say that the election was fine just because the suburbs were also busy, or busier, then you’re missing the point entirely.
    The election process in this country is broken. No one should have to wait for hours to vote. Not Republicans and not Democrats and not Independents.
    Other states have gotten it quite a bit more right than Ohio. Look at Oregon’s mail by vote system for a good example. Or at all of the states that have early voting. Ohio doesn’t have an efficient voting system. Are you against making it better for everyone?

  2. Rob Bernard says:

    I didn’t say everything was fine. I said that while there weren’t as many machines as there should have been, what machines there were were allocated fairly, the Jesse Jacksons of the world would have you believe that Ken Blackwell purposefully disenfranchised minority/liberal voters and that just didn’t happen.
    The problem in this election was that new machines weren’t being bought because of the upcoming switchover to optical scan (formerly electronic) machines and that there were a lot more voters than normal. There are some things that should be changed, but this isn’t really a sign of a fundamental flaw in the system.

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