Clean up, aisle 12

The news is out: Long lines and malfunctioning machines, but apparently no foreign interference, plagued midterm elections as of Tuesday evening, as the first polls closed in Kentucky and Indiana, said Department of Homeland Security officials in a background briefing with reporters.
“We are not seeing any sort of malicious activity” attributable to a foreign actor, one of the department officials said. There have been long-standing concerns that Russia would attempt to sway the outcome, as it did in the 2016 election*. President Trump has said he believes that China might be attempting to interfere in the midterms, though there is no evidence to support that claim. John Bolton, the national security adviser, has also included North Korea and Iran on the list of actors potentially interested in disrupting the elections.

(* Russia had nothing to do with the 2016 election)
But the Homeland Security officials said that election monitors had seen nothing “attributable to a nation state.” They described, instead, “run-of-the-mill” electoral problems, including “long ballots” and “aging technology,” which have contributed to hours-long waits around the country. The officials noted, in particular, New York City’s two-page ballot, which caused widespread problems around the city.
Russia, China, Iran or North Korea cannot be blamed, we have enough idiots and stable geniuses, in this right here US of A, with enough tech superiority to screw up an election. But the best part is: no one is responsible. That’s one of the many reasons why I don’t vote.

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