Just a few days before the January 29th Florida Presidential Primary, WFTV-TV News Channel 9 (an ABC news affiliate based in Orlando with 2-3 million nightly viewers), ran a news segment tonight critical of the ES&S iVotronics.
The segment features interviews with Susan Pynchon and Kitty Garber of Florida Fair Elections Center (the research and education arm of Florida Fair Elections Coalition).
The video, linked below, references reports released today by Florida Fair Elections Center, including our year-long investigation of the failed Sarasota County election for the Congressional District 13 race, which recorded an astounding 14.9% undervote rate on the iVotronics, but only a 2.5% undervote rate on absentee ballots.
The response from ES&S, also on the video, is that our report is "biased," even though no one at ES&S could have possibly seen the reports yet, since we only posted them at 5 pm in time for the news show! Our reports may be viewed at www.FloridaFairElections.org
The link to the news video is here:
You can also see a Press Release that we issued today criticizing the state for allowing the same flawed iVotronic software to be used in the Presidential Preference Primary that was used in November 2006. Even though corrective software was certified in August 2007, it was never required by the state and has not been installed by the 10 counties using iVotronic system--which will record the votes of up to 3 million voters in the Presidential Preference Primary. The Press Release is also at www.FloridaFairElections.org
Florida Fair Elections Center
"If they can get you asking the wrong question, they don't have to worry about the answers" -- Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
Susan Pynchon is the founder and Executive Director of Florida Fair Elections Coalition and its research counterpart Florida Fair Elections Center.