This morning, my Bonnie and I went to vote at Belmont's Curb Center. We're both feeling that wonderful civic feeling we always seem to get when we're watching a crowd of people standing in line to vote. While I'm signing in and having my ID checked, the man in line behind me says to the woman at the same desk, "I'm a write-in candidate for [local office]. How do I write my name in?"
The woman looks blankly back at him and says, "Well, you can't do that. You can't write on the voting machines. There's just buttons to push" (That's not an exact quotation, but it's close, I assure you).
Of course he could write himself in as a candidate, and of course, the system allows for that, and, of course, after some consultation with a higher up, the slightly outraged candidate was given the proper directions.
As for me, I'm simply stunned that, after all the concerns about voter fraud and voting difficulties, a worker could be so clueless. We seriously need to rethink the training sessions we are providing as a community.