All this reminds me of the election scenario when Al Gore was supposed to trounce George W. Bush eight years ago. We all know what happened then. I was the next President of the United States of Americabecame Al Gores punch line for many years.
This year does not seem to be different, at least in terms of reports of glitches in e-voting machines.
According a report by IDG's Grant Gross, a handful of early voters in West Virginia have complained that electronic voting machines there switched their votes. In another report, IDG's Robert McMillan emphasizes that despite reforms and abandonment of faulty e-voting systems, there is still room for plenty of e-voting glitches this year in a race that could have the highest turnout in 100 years. When the lead between the two candidates is merely of 7 percentage points (50 per cent to 43 per cent), with 10 per cent of the voters still undecided, the results can be anybodys guess.
This sounds very much like what happened in the Barry Levinson movie, Man of the Year (2006). For those who have not seen it, here is the one-line plot, courtesy www.imdb.com: A comedian (Robin Williams) who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected.
Compared to todays reality, the difference is that the comedian who wrongly won was the man who wanted to bring change in the Washington politics.
Even though my cynical mind says that McCain will win this election, this time, I would be glad if I am proven wrong.
Zafar Anjum is the online editor of MIS Asia portal.
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