By 8:30am I was burnt out, trying to catch names from the two election officers’ computer screens, and, knowing that my precinct is run by good, by-the-book folks and that no detectable fraud would occur, I chose to comfort myself with a second, hot breakfast. (I left feeling deeply embarrassed in front of my neighbors, who run the precinct every year, and who saw what a failure Project Orca was and now have the sneaking suspicion that I don’t trust them to run a fair election.)

So, when I got to my breakfast spot, I tried to enter the names of those who had voted, roughly 25% of the precinct list by 8:30am, and the program crashed my Blackberry halfway through. Once I rebooted the program, I found that the names I had registered had been lost, and that I’d have to start anew.