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'Daily Voting News' For March 15 and 16, 2008

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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org It has just been revealed that an investigation is taking place in Franklin Co Ohio stemming from problems noticed by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner on her DRE voting machine last Nov. 6. Brunner claims that when she got to a municipal court race a gray banner appeared over one candidates name to let her know that he had withdrawn from the race. In fact that candidate had withdrawn the day after the machines were programmed. The problem is that her husband voted on a machine next to hers and he had no warning. Voters in other precincts have now reported the same thing to investigators so it appears that not everyone had the same ballot. Investigators have also found that it appears that ES&S, the county's vendor, told election workers that it was not necessary to do pre-election testing on every voting machine so only one machine per precinct was tested. They have also found that ES&S instructed the county's "board programmer" in how to turn off the "audit logs" on the machines while doing any work on them. This act hinders any investigation into what was done with software changes. How will these bad-acts by ES&S affect what seems to be a good relationship between Brunner and the vendor?...
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