Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 08/08/04)

Hillsborough County, Florida. April 2002. Sequoia
Data transmission failed.

Vote data could not be transferred from 24 of the 26 data cartridges to the readers that would transmit the totals to the central office to be tallied. Precinct totals were faxed over and entered by hand.*

Elections officials are still trying to determine why voting totals could not be electronically transmitted after Hillsborough County's first election using touch screen voting machines.

Technicians are examining the computer hardware to see whether they can isolate the glitch.

"As of today, we still have not pinpointed the problem," Elections Supervisor Pam Iorio said Friday. "We have had three Sequoia employees looking at it, but they have not gotten to the bottom of it."

[Sequoia project manager Mike ] Frontera and two helpers replicated the problem Thursday, watching a laptop computer freeze when a cartridge was prematurely pulled from a reader.

* Officials still searching for election glitch: The new system could not send the tabulations to the elections office. St. Petersburg Times; April 6, 2002; By Jeff Testerman, Times Staff Writer

See: Sequoia in the News

... the system we have for testing and certifying
voting equipment in this country
is not only broken, but is virtually nonexistent.
~ Michael Shamos
to the U.S. House Science subcommittee
on June 24, 2004