Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 07/25/04)

Putnam County, Tennessee. August, 2002.
MicroVote MV-464 paperless voting machines.

None of the totals matched up with the correct candidates.*

As Putnam County election officials learned last night, when computers fail, the electoral process slows to the pace of 20th-century hand-held calculators. That's how counters there had to proceed when a glitch caused the computers to produce wrong totals.

"Nothing you have is good," Administrator of Elections Nancy Boman explained to a reporter. After first reporting 20 of 44 precincts were in, Boman said officials noticed there were problems.

"A write-in candidate received 1,000 votes, and we knew that it just didn't sound right, so we started looking closer. The computer had shifted all the numbers a line down. Nothing was right," she said.

Thank you to Nancy Boman for noticing the problem and following up on it.

* Glitch slows counting in Putnam; Mullinix leads in Fentress voting. The Tennessean. August 2, 2002. By Leon Alligood, Staff Writer.

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