I know that there is not a lot going on in Wake County right now, but Ryan Beckwith at the N&O Blog WakePol is really excited about Wake County's voting machine demonstration. Especially considering that there is only one company still demonstrating after Diebold's withdrawal. From WakePol:
Wake County will soon spend a couple million dollars on new voting machines.
But you'll get a chance to vote for your favorite machine first.
In early January, the board of elections will hold an open house to allow the public to check out its choice of equipment.
The selection is narrow: The state has only certified Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb. (Diebold Election Systems dropped out last week rather than reveal the code it uses to run machines.)
Still, the county will have a choice between optical scan systems like it currently uses and direct-record machines similar to an ATM.
The forum will be held in the first-floor conference room of the Wake County office building at 337 South Salisbury St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9.
So, your choice is whether you want to draw on a card and stick it into a machine or touch a screen to mark your choices, exciting. Maybe I am just bummed that there is no more Diebold controversy to keep the excitement.