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Posted by G on February 10, 2004 at 14:14:28:
Of course it could not happen here, or could it ? !:
Election Systems and Software (ES&S) reports that problems in the firmware of its iVotronic touch-screen voting machines led to 436 lost absentee ballots in North Carolina's 2002 general elections. Votes were also lost during a special election in Florida in January 2004. The flaw made the machines think their memory was full and display an error message, however, the message displayed so quickly, voters did not realize their votes were not recorded. ES&S spokeswoman Meghan McCormick says the votes were tabulated correctly on voting day, and did not effect the outcome of the election. ES&S found the flaw in Jackson County in October 2002 and fixed it, but did not report it to Wayne County, where the machines were also deployed. When the voting irregularity was noticed, Wayne County called in ES&S technician to recover an audit trail; data from the machines had to be shipped on a PC card to ES&S central offices to be examined. Such problems have lead many citizens to call for machines that produce a voter-verified paper trail to protect against miscast ballots and fraud.
So they recovered them at HQ and put them into the count. Great. Would you trust these results ?