Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 07/15/04)

San Diego County, California. March 2004.
Diebold TSx paperless touch-screen voting machine

Ten votes were inexplicably lost at one polling place.

John Pilch, a retired insurance agent who worked as a polling place inspector in San Carlos, said that when polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the number of people who signed the voter log differed from the number of ballots counted by computers.

"We lost 10 votes, and the Diebold technician who was there had no explanation," said Pilch, who registered complaints with elections officials, his county supervisor and several others. "She kept looking at the tapes."

* Poll workers, voters cite tied-up hotline, poor training, confusion. Union Tribune; March 7, 2004; By Jeff McDonald and Luis Monteagudo Jr.

See also: Diebold in the News

For all of the yelling and screaming,
there has never been one documented case
of any vote being improperly calculated or reported
with touch-screen machines.
~ Harris Miller (July 13, 2004)
Information Technology Association of America
(which represents electronic voting machine makers)