Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 01/09/05)

San Juan County, New Mexico. November, 2004.
1,843 election-day phantom votes reported in Precinct 51.

With only 318 people casting election day ballots on the Danaher Shouptronic electronic voting machines in the Precinct 51, Fran J. Hanhardt, Republican incumbent running for County Clerk, received 2,079 votes, while Democratic challenger Glojean B. Todacheene received 82.

However, Ms. Hanhardt didn't need the 1,843 phantom votes to win. She won by a strong margin of 16,484 votes.

Since New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron says phantom votes are not possible,* you may want to check her certified canvass report for yourself.

Look on page 2 of the San Juan Canvass Report to find the County Clerk totals in Precinct 51 on election day. Then look at the far right side of page 3 for the number of voters who signed in at the polls.

* Vote Recount Fight 'Is Not Over'. Albuquerque Journal. December 24, 2004. By Andy Lenderman, Journal Politics Writer.

News stories make it rapidly apparent that
electronic voting is not reliable, accurate, or secure.
Any one who claims otherwise is either uninformed or deceptive.
~ Joseph Holder