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Voter uses hand stamp on touch screen

The D.C Board of Elections confirms in a tweet that a voter tried to hand stamp a touch-screen voting machine.

Oh, yes, you all take your iPads everywhere with you. You love them. They are so simple even a child can use them without a manual.

But not everyone is familiar with touch screens like the iPad's.

You may be moved to democratic howling when I tell you that a voter in Washington, D.C., walked up to a touch-screen voting machine yesterday and didn't use his or her fingers.

Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

No, instead, he or she thumped down a hand stamp bearing the name of Adrian Fenty, the current mayor of D.C., who lost his re-election bid in the primary. According to DCist, it seems that some candidate organizations handed out these hand stamps in order to make things easier for voters who wanted to elect a write-in candidate.

They don't happen to mention that the stamps work rather better when you're writing in on a paper ballot rather than an electronic voting machine.

You might think that this is an apocryphal story that has been peddled by supporters of one party or another to discredit Fenty (who garnered nearly 28,000 write-in votes but didn't win). But might I say that you need only to go to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics' Twitter feed to see confirmation of this story for yourself.

Or you can just look at my screenshot.

One day, everyone will grasp technology's nuances. That day is still a touch away.