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

Brazil vs Costa Rica most tweeted match of World Cup 2018 so far

first_imgThe eventful group stage of the World Cup came to an end on Thursday. 122 goals were scored in the 48 games as the three round of fixtures shattered a few World Cup records.24 penalties have been awarded so far in the 2018 edition, the highest ever in a World Cup. The group stage also witnessed nine own goals scored so far, another World Cup record.Apart from the numbers, the group stage also provided maximum entertainment with some massive upsets. Defending champions Germany were knocked out after losing to South Korea. Japan defeated Colombia as they became the first Asian side to beat a South American opponent.The biggest sporting event on the world has also taken over the conversation on the social media. We take a look at which teams, players and moments dominated Twitter during the group stage.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMost Tweeted matches on TwitterPhilippe Coutinho and Neymar scored in the stoppage time as Brazil defeated Costa Rica 2-0 to keep their campaign alive after playing out a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their first game. The match also emerged as the most-tweeted game on the social media platform. It was followed by Germany vs Korea match that brought an end to the European side’s campaign and Spain vs Portugal, the six-goal thriller. Top Moments on TwitterTwo of the top three moments – as measured in number of Tweets per minute – also belong to the Brazil vs Costa Rica match. ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULEadvertisementMost talked about players on TwitterCristiano Ronaldo has been in a sensational form this World Cup while Lionel Messi has struggled to match his own standards but the player who has dominated Twitter is Neymar. However, Ronaldo and Messi lead the chart as far as Indian is concerned. The Round of 16 begins on Saturday with France taking on Argentina.last_img read more