Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 07/07/04)

Indiana – four counties. March, 2004. ES&S iVotronic paperless voting machine

It was discovered that ES&S had installed an uncertified version of firmware in the iVotronics in four counties. When confronted, representatives agreed to reinstall the certified version. Then it was determined that the certified version doesn't tabulate the votes correctly, so the county allowed the use of the uncertified version but required ES&S to put up a $10Million bond to insure against problems and lawsuits.

Excerpts from a WISH TV story:

”Am I so damn stupid…that for me to use the word "work," do you understand that to run an election for something to work, it's gotta count the votes?” asked an exasperated election commissioner S. Anthony Long to ES&S executive Ken Carbullido.

“I just think I was absolutely lied to by your CEO and I'm more than on the slow burn about it. I sat in this room and you all lied to me. You're so derelict in your duties that you can't look at a piece of paper and answer the question? Give me a break,” said Brian Burdick, who also serves on the election commission.

* Election Commission Bails Out Voting Machine Maker In Time for May Primary. WISH-TV Interview. March 11, 2004.

See: ES&S in the News

We believe in the security, the reliability and the accuracy
of the touch-screen systems that we have, the DREs.
~ Ken Carbullido, Senior VP ES&S