Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour

mess-ups du jour

Pulaski County, Arkansas. November, 2000. ES&S.
Touch screen registers the wrong choice.

More than two dozen voters reported that the screen registered the wrong choice.*

Virginia Buck isn't sure what went wrong with the machine she used Thursday at the Walker Tennis Center in Little Rock. She said she marked her vote for Snyder and went on to fill out the rest of her ballot. When she went back to double check her votes, she found a mark beside Thomas' name.

"To me, it's horrifying to think what would have happened if I'd not taken the time to go back. I'm sure a lot of people didn't do that," she said.

* Voting machines err, misread Snyder votes. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; November 3, 2000; By Austin Gelder.

See: ES&S in the News

Every teeny-tiny thing that happens
gets blown tremendously out of proportion.

~ Theresa LaPore
Palm Beach County Election Supervisor
Designer of the "butterfly ballot"