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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

More Voting Machine Problems

Posted by Bob Brigham

First Ohio, then Virginia and now California:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up to his Brentwood neighborhood polling station today to cast his ballot in the special election — and was told he had already voted. [...]

The poll worker told the governor's staff he would have to use a "provisional" ballot that allows elections workers to verify if two votes were made by the same person. McCormack said the poll worker did the correct thing.

The governor, however, was allowed to use a regular ballot.


And some more from Ohio:

They are engineered to be fast, accurate and secure, but there was a glitch Tuesday morning with some voting machines.

Paul White, a Diebold consultant, says, "We just had to rework them a little bit and they worked just fine."

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Tracked on November 8, 2005 06:48 PM


Problems are also being reported in New York, Colorado and Michigan.

Posted by: Pat A. Vesely [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 8, 2005 05:57 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment


Voting machine removed; votes in question

Jeffrey Blackwell - Staff writer

(November 8, 2005) — The Ontario County Board of Elections is investigating a voting machine problem in Victor.

Republican Commissioner Michael Northrup said a machine located at the Victor Fire Hall was removed and replaced this morning because the name of Heather Zollo, the Democratic candidate for Victor Town Supervisor, was listed under the position for town clerk. The line where her name should have been was blank. The candidate listing apparently had shifted.

"I am not jumping to conclusions," Northrup said. "It's a piece of paper and could have been knocked over by accident."

Forty-two votes were cast on the machine before it was replaced this morning. Northrup said for now the votes will count. But the incident is under investigation and that could change.

Steven Graham, a supporter of Zollo, said this leaves him not knowing if his vote will count. He said when he arrived at the fire hall this morning there was a discussion going on about the machine. When he was finally allowed to vote he noticed Zollo's name was not in the right place, he said.

"I'm not sure if I voted for Zollo or not," Graham said. "If she loses by 10 votes, this would be ridiculous."

He said he called the Board of Elections to alert them to the problem.


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