Election results already under scrutiny

By Tyler Davis

Lately, we’ve been hearing that the results of today’s election may be so contested that the election won’t be decided by the end of the night, or even a few days after. Claims of voter fraud and questionable polling practices are already popping up.

As of 10:20 a.m., the election fraud hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE has received more than 26,000 calls, according to a tweet from the hotline. Various voting problems are being reported across the country.

A video posted on Jezebel.com by a voter in Philadelphia supposedly shows a touch screen voting machine that marks a vote for Mitt Romney when the box for Barack Obama is touched.

An article on Philly.com reports there is confusion regarding voter ID laws, and some polling places are distributing outdated information about what people need in order to vote.

Due to Hurricane Sandy, displaced voters in New Jersey will be voting by email, which could become a legal nightmare. Email is an insecure form of communication that could raise concerns of voter fraud and tampering.  An email can pass unencrypted through various servers before it arrives to its destination so it is almost impossible to confirm with any certainty that an email is being sent by the person it claims to be.

The worst-case scenario is the email votes will be thrown out, while the best-case scenario is that these voters will be required to submit paper ballots at a later date, which would delay any official results for an unforeseen amount of time.

The presidential campaigns have hired “thousands of lawyers,” according to a Nov. 2 New York Times article, in order to prepare for the impending legal battle for the White House. This could be a very long night.