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Election Problem Log - 2004 to 2009
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VotersUnite! began this problem log with the November 2004 election. It continued its compilation of problems reported in the media by adding news stories about subsequent elections, through 2009. See also: Failures by vendor and Failures by state.
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Date Problem Type State
11/3/2009 E-pollbook GA Fulton County. About a dozen voters were left off the rolls because their addresses were not in the system. One voter's address has too many letters to enter it completely with the GA department of driver services, so it was incorrect in the registration database. Story Archive
11/3/2009 E-pollbook KS Jackson County. A properly registered voter was not listed in the e-pollbook and was not allowed to cast a provisional ballot. He went to the elections office, where they confirmed that he was registered, and then back to the polling place to vote. Story Archive
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction NC ESS Guilford County. Votes for Bill Knight for mayor were flipped to Yvonne Johnson on the iVotronic touch screen machine. Officials claimed it was a calibration problem. Story
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction NY Sequoia Oneida County. At the Vernon polling place, none of the three ImageCast optical scanners would operate. Story Archive
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction NY Sequoia Broome County. ImageCast ballot scanners sensed defects in the paper and rejected valid ballots. "And so because it picks up the defects, it doesn't pick up what people are voting for, and we have to void it and give them another paper," said Sweeney. Story Archive
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction NY ESS Erie County. Three DS200 ballot scanners jammed and had to be replaced. Story Archive
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction NY Sequoia St. Lawrence County. ImageCast ballot scanner malfunctions prevented the county from having election results by the end of election day. Story Archive
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction OH Diebold Montgomery County. The county experienced malfunctions with encoders, paper jams on optical scanners, and miscalibrations on touch screens e-voting machines. Story Archive

Update 12/15/09. About 137 machines were outside calibration tolerance and had to be pulled from the election. Story

11/3/2009 Too few ballots OH Summit County. Polling places in at least five communities -- Green, Norton, Springfield, Tallmadge and Twinsburg, ran out of ballots Tuesday evening. Would-be voters said they left sites without voting, not knowing when additional ballots would be delivered. Story Archive
11/3/2009 Vote suppression OH Hamilton County. The three candidates for Columbia Township Trustee were mistakenly left off the ballot. The board of elections decided to count only the ballots already cast in other areas instead of voting again to include the Fairfax residents. Officials did not offer additional explanation about their decision. Story Archive Story2 Archive2
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction VA Sequoia Essex, Somerset and Gloucester counties. A "handfull" of Sequoia AVC Advantage e-voting machines malfunctioned at start up in all three counties. Story Archive
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction VA A voter reports that the touch screen machine flipped votes for Lt Gov and Attorney General from Democratic to Republican. The summary screen was wrong and the only choice the voter saw was the Next button. The voter received assistance from the poll worker.
11/3/2009 Machine malfunction VA Unilect Augusta County. After just 5 votes a Unilect Patriot voting machine had to be shut down because of a malfunction. Two machines were left to carry the load. Story Archive
10/27/2009 Wrong ballot WA Diebold Snohomish County. A worker at K & H Printers in Everett entered wrong information into a printer causing the fronts and backs of ballots to get out of sync. The error was found on 112 ballots. Story Archive
10/26/2009 Wrong ballot CO Aspen. Some voters received a ballot that includes Referendum 5A even though they don't reside in the district and aren't supposed to vote on the measure, while others who should be able to vote instead received ballots without 5A on it. Story Archive
10/24/2009 Wrong ballot TX Victoria County. A county error in preparing the voting machines cause Proposition 5 to be a duplication of Proposition 4 on the ballot display. Story
10/21/2009 Fraud OH Cincinnati. A field worker campaigning for the ballot measure to put casinos in Cincinnati and three other Ohio cities was indicted by a grand jury for forging absentee ballot applications. Story Archive
10/20/2009 Fraud NY Rensselaer County. "Thirty-eight forged or fraudulent ballots have been thrown out, according to records at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections in Troy, N.Y. Enough votes, an election official admits, to likely have tipped the November election to the Democrats." Story Archive
10/17/2009 Machine malfunction FL Diebold Sarasota County. In pre-election testing, they county found that the OSX scanners failed to read marks made with blue ink. The county's solution is to watch for ballots with blue ink, reproduce them with black ink and run them through the scanners. But the problem is intermittent. One ballot failed to scan properly, but scanned successfully the second time. The machines were Diebold/Premier AccuVote OSX Digital Scan Tabulator (Hardware Model A) with Firmware 1.0.2 . Story Archive
10/7/2009 Machine malfunction TN ESS Williamson County. Complaints of vote-flipping on the touch screen machine. One candidate's supporter tried to vote for him, but the machine highlighted a different candidate's name. Story Archive
9/22/2009 Malfeasance OH Lucas County. 166 absentee ballots were left uncounted last Tuesday, Director Linda Howe said Monday. She said two employees, a Republican and a Democrat, have received reprimands in their files and have come up with procedures to avoid a recurrence of the neglected ballots. Story Archive
9/17/2009 Machine malfunction OH Diebold Lucas County. Early voting votes could not be merged with election day votes in the Premier (Diebold) election management system database. After waiting for a Premier technician to "implement a fix," county officials finally merged the voted manually. Elections officials said yesterday the problem was caused by a database glitch that their touch-screen-machine vendor, Premier Election Solutions Inc., of Allen, Texas, assured them would not be a problem. Story Archive
9/16/2009 Machine malfunction NY ESS Albany County. During the "pilot" using uncertified equipment, ES&S DS-200 optical scanners jammed. It turned out to involve a glitch in the machine's software that was supposed to have been fixed already by the state and the machine's manufacturer. Story Archive
9/16/2009 Machine malfunction NY Sequoia Washington County. Sequoia/Dominion optical scanner jammed and delayed the posting of results. "They couldn’t get the paper out," Board of Elections Commissioner Donna English said of the machine malfunction. "That happens a lot of the time. The custodian got there and got it straightened out." Story Archive
9/15/2009 Machine malfunction NY Sequoia Broome County. During the "pilot" using uncertified equipment, Sequoia/Dominion ImageCast ballot marking devices/optical scanners malfunctioned in several precincts. At Seton Catholic High School, the machine was out of operation for an hour with memory card problems. At Davis College in Johnson City, the machine didn't start up properly. "Just turn it on and it will do it's things, well it didn't do it's thing." said Broome County Election Inspection Chair David Aswad. Story Archive
9/15/2009 Wrong ballot NY New York City. Some lever machines had the wrong ballot set up on them. Others malfunctioned, with levers beside some candidates not moving. Story Archive
9/3/2009 Machine malfunction WA Diebold King County. County officials noticed that the new Premier scanners failed to read ovals that were lightly filled in or incompletely filled in. Story Archive
6/10/2009 Machine malfunction VA AVS Fairfax County. John McCann, 54, an attorney who is blind, said the audio technology malfunctioned on the machine he was using. Fairfax County uses the AVS WinVote paperless electronic voting machine, purported to be accessible. Story Archive
6/4/2009 Machine malfunction SD ESS Pennington County. The ES&S tabulation software added nearly 5,000 votes to the total as votes from the three M650 scanners were combined. When the problem was corrected, the total number of votes was cut nearly in half. With the correction also, a winner emerged in the Ward 4 Rapid City Council post, so no runoff is needed. Story Archive
6/3/2009 Machine malfunction NJ Sequoia Monmouth County. Results from a half-dozen towns were delayed because of problems in transmitting data from Sequoia Advantage electronic voting machine cartridges. In several cases after the polls closed Tuesday the cartridges had to be physically transported to central election offices in Freehold. "I'm not sure what the problem was, but the cartridges weren't being read correctly," Allentown Borough Clerk Julie Martin said. Story Archive

Update 6/5/09. The county is planning a special mock election in hopes of figuring out what keeps going wrong in reporting results from real elections. Story Archive

5/29/2009 Fraud KY Clay County. Seven people, including a county election official and other county officials, were charged in a vote-buying conspiracy. Bishop, the election officer, pled guilty. Story
5/28/2009 Machine malfunction CO TrueBallot Aspen. In an Instant Runoff election (IRV), 28 votes were miscounted in the final round. Sixteen of the votes for Ireland (the winner) were counted for Marks, and 12 were deemed “exhausted” because they did not list rank Marks. The correction increased the margin of victory for Ireland. Story Archive
5/21/2009 Machine malfunction PA Bucks County. Problems reporting the results online. “For about an hour Tuesday night one of two servers the county rents through a subcontractor of King of Prussia-based Perfexion went down. Another client of the subcontractor may have left an application running that crowded the system, said chief information officer Don Jacobs. Story Archive
5/21/2009 Poor design PA Danaher Bucks County. Using the Shouptronic 1242 for write-in votes confuses voters. A red flashing button must be pressed to reveal the write-in window. Instead, some voters tried to force the shutter open manually or with a pencil, wrote names on the face of the machine itself or stuck paper slips in the slot. ... In the 2007 primary, machines had to be reset on 37 occasions due to problems with write-in votes. Story Archive
5/21/2009 Poor design PA Diebold Armstrong County. Problems with write-ins on the TSx touch screen machines, and problems getting the machines to accept voted ballots were blamed on voters. Story Archive
5/20/2009 Accessibility CA ESS Los Angeles County. Write-in votes cannot be cast on an InkaVote Plus "accessible" voting machine. Story
5/20/2009 Machine malfunction PA Bucks County. Shouptronic 1242 Voting machines malfunctioned in five towns: Bristol, Wrightstown, Falls, Tullytown and Morrisville. Paper write-in ballots were jammed in two machines, details about the others are unknown. Story Archive
5/6/2009 Canvass anomalies MS Lincoln County, Brookhaven. In Ward Four's Republican Primary, a pair of poll workers tallying votes in the race for Ward Four alderman came up with irreconcilable numbers after an additional hour of double-checking. Story Archive
5/6/2009 Provisional ballots MS Lincoln County, Brookhaven. At Ward Three, during the morning, before the errors in the registration database were called to their attention, poll workers did not inform voters who were not on the rolls that they could vote a provisional ballot. Story Archive
5/6/2009 Registration errors MS Lincoln County, Brookhaven. "Brookhaven Police Chief Pap Henderson, who lives on J.W. Morgan Way; Police Capt. Bobby Bell; and city Democratic Committee member Doc Harrison were all among citizens who had to vote by affidavit ballot because when they arrived to vote, they were told they were possibly in the wrong ward." Officials don't know the cause of the registration errors. Story Archive
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