By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Media Services
Oh, those glitches!
For some reason we tolerate them a lot more in an election – that is to say, in the mechanics of democracy, something we affect to believe in so fervently we’re willing to go to war to make sure other countries have it – than we would in, let’s say, our banking system.
Last week’s primary election fiasco here in Chicago and Cook County – a fiasco of such ballot-eating magnitude that the city and county, which each had separate deals with Sequoia Voting Systems, are withholding more than $30 million remaining on their respective contracts with that company – should have generated howls of outrage. Instead, the tone of the local coverage of the chaotic transition from punch cards to optical-scan and touch-screen voting struck me more as tepid bemusement.