The Unforeseen Threats to the 2020 Election: Hand Sanitizer and Bad Plumbing

first_imgIn Hidalgo County in South Texas, just across the border from Mexico, it was a technical glitch. New laptops that had been distributed to polling sites ahead of Election Day to help accommodate the region’s record-breaking turnout did not work, causing delays of up to 90 minutes on Tuesday morning.- Advertisement – Nov. 6, 2020, 3:56 a.m. ET This week saw a variety of such small-scale interruptions. In Atlanta, the culprit was leaky plumbing. Inside the arena where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball — converted into a polling place — the early-morning discovery that a burst pipe was leaking water into a room with absentee ballots delayed the count by a couple of hours. An arena staff member quickly fixed the leak, and none of the ballots were damaged, officials said.Several polling places in Louisiana were running on generators after lingering power failures caused by Hurricane Zeta, which led to a feud between local and state officials over who was responsible for sending the generators to election sites. Officials ultimately moved two polling locations to a nearby middle school, and there were no serious delays. Updated – Advertisement – Poll workers face unexpected glitches every year, but warnings about distorted tallies or delayed counts made voters and observers more on edge than usual about any oddities. None of the complications this week led to serious problems, elections officials said. Some, like the hand sanitizer incident, were the result of an election severely altered by coronavirus precautions. “They were not allowing the software program to open up to check in voters,” Yvonne Ramon, the county elections administrator, said. “And because they were scattered throughout the county, my field service technicians took off to the nearest locations. We’re a large county, so going from location to location is not an easy thing.”Ms. Ramon noted that hiccups with new technology were not unusual. But the county kept polling places open an additional hour on Tuesday night to make up for the earlier delays, and everyone who had come out to cast a ballot was ultimately able to do so, she said.In the battleground state of Wisconsin, the last few hundred votes went unreported for several hours because the Richland County clerk could not reach the clerk in the town of Willow, who had said she felt sick and then could not be reached, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Willow’s 274 votes were eventually reported. In Green Bay, the count of absentee votes was briefly delayed while an election official ran over to City Hall to get more ink for the vote-counting machines.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

National Paralympic Committee Salutes IPC On 25th Anniversary Celebration

first_imgThe National Paralympic Committee (NPC) has sent a congratulatory message to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary Celebration, on Thursday, September 25.The NPC, which is an affiliate of the IPC is of the firm conviction that, the international body has contributed positively to the development and promotion of para-sports in Ghana and the world as whole.In a press statement signed by Ignatius Elletey, General Secretary of the NPC, it said, the IPC over the last years developed  and promoted para-sports through the organisation of the Paralympics Games, which had provided the platform for people with disability to exhibit their talents.The statement added that, the IPC through the Paralympic Games has also provided the platform for people with disability to break social, political and economic barriers in their respective countries, thereby attaining the respect of all.The statement said, the IPC early this year provided the NPC with funding to embark on capacity building programme for its members on disability issues.It said, the IPC through its technical arm, The Agitos Foundation is also in the process of providing Ghana, funding to organise the first ever National Paralympic Festival in November. According to the statement, the success of the IPC cannot without mentioning the impact of disability sports in Ghana.It said, the disability team of Ghana, has contributed significant amount of medals to Team Ghana at international games and will continue to play the leading role in sports in the years to come.The statement also used the occasion to congratulate some of its leading para-athletes such as Ajara Mohamed, Botyso Nkegbe, Anita Fordjour, Patrick Obeng, Alem Mumuni, Charles Teye Narh, National Amputee Football team, the Black Challenge and administrators such Bishop Cornelius Adjah Coffie, Francis Adjetey Sowah and all past and present executives of the NPC.“We are compelled as a body to appreciate your tireless efforts in the development and promotion of disability sports in Ghana on this important day when the IPC celebrates 25 years of existence as a sporting body”. The statement added.last_img read more