“Chicago election problems: Hurdles abound for many city voters” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on November 7, 2012

David Kidwell and Jodi Cohen — November 7, 2012: “Hundreds of frustrated Chicago voters were shuffled around polling places, asked for identification, yelled at by aggravated election judges and left holding the wrong ballots Tuesday amid confusion and electronics problems that by day’s end had elections officials holding a news conference to apologize.

By 8 p.m., the city elections board had fielded nearly 1,500 calls about voters unable to find their polling place.

The problem began weeks ago, when many voters ignored mailings to about 20 percent of voters informing them that their longtime polling places were changing because of the 2010 census. It got worse fast Tuesday morning when the city’s elections website crashed under a deluge of hits — both from stranded voters on smartphones and anonymous computer servers suspected of intentionally overloading the system……………..”

Read more at Chicago Tribune.