In spite of reports that poll workers in Santa Clara county may have been told not to inform voters about the option of a paper ballot instead of electronic, they were asking everyone when I voted in Mountain View. But after having the first worker record my choice of a paper ballot, I still waited a minute or two in a line for the electronic booth before getting the attention of the person who was supposed to have handed me the ballot. There was a line for electronic voting but essentially no line for paper voting, partly because one electronic machine had a problem due to what sounded like a voter trying to go back and change a vote, but had reached a point where it appeared to be too late to change it. It looked like between 10 and 20 percent of voters were using paper ballots. The paper ballot seemed simpler to use than what I recall of the electronic ballot 2 years ago. See PaperOrPlastic2004.org for info about California voting choices.
The Tradesports contracts showed Bush’s chances at just below 50% within the past hour, after having stated mostly in the 50s for the past few weeks.