Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
In this space in the Nov. 07 DVN I mentioned that ES&S software was responsible for flipping votes in Crawford Co Kansas. That statement was incorrect. The county did their own ballot programming for the first time. They made a mistake in ballot rotation which caused the votes for candidates to be counted for different candidates in one race. The county also did a poor job of pre-election testing which should have found their programming error.
Meanwhile responsibility for Kenton Co Kentucky's Hart Intercivic eSlate machines and their failure to record straight-party votes in two legislative races is being revealed. The machines are purchased from and maintained by Harp Industries. Harp also does the ballot programming. Harp has admitted that they failed to properly program Kenton Co's machines. The county has admitted that they failed to properly do pre-election testing which would have found the problem.
There is a common theme here. Ballot programming can fail and counties must do proper pre-election testing to ensure none of those failures go forward to the election. Even if a contractor or the vendor of the voting system does the programming, counties should always build their own test decks and thoroughly test the machines. ...
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AZ: Scores in Valley had to submit provisional vote LINK
AZ: Opinion - Waiting so long at polls harmful to voting process LINK
CO: Boulder County - Improving the count
Oklahoma, others pose solutions for a better election system in Boulder County LINK
CT: Republican Chair Concerned With Election Integrity LINK
FL: Provisional ballots counted in St. Lucie County LINK
FL: Wakulla County - Vote recount stokes county's suspicions LINK
GA: Handel seeks probe of Fulton elections office
County was slow in counting of absentee ballots LINK
GA: Fulton Co. Elections Officials Say Ballot Counting Finally Done LINK
KS: Crawford County - County officials fix old glitch, find possible new one LINK
KY: Company: Access codes do not identify voters [Hart Intercivic] LINK
KY: Blame game: It's on
Kenton Co. tries to pin down all that went wrong LINK
MD: Electronic voting on its way out in Maryland LINK
NY: Record number of voters file long list of complaints about 'Stone Age' trip to polls LINK
OH: Franklin County - Fewer paper votes count
Voters more likely to mess up when they don't use machines LINK
OH: Ohio Elections Chief Calls For Voting Summit LINK
OH: Marion County - Follow through if you cast a provisional ballot LINK
SC: Election problems; early voting LINK
VA: On-demand voting
It's time to join all the states that have moved beyond Election (Tues)Day LINK
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