Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 09/25/04)

Hillsborough County, Florida. August, 2004. Sequoia.
Central tabulator's indexing system malfunctioned.

After the polls closed Aug. 31, [County Registrar Buddy] Johnson's computer servers mysteriously slowed to a snail's pace, and the vote was not totally counted until 5:10 a.m. the day after the election.

After a diagnosis by Sequoia Voting Systems, the vendor that sold Hillsborough its $12-million package of touch screen voting machines, Johnson announced that a computer indexing system had malfunctioned, causing the server to repeatedly search through its entire data base before recording any single vote.

A few days later, Johnson said he wasn't sure why the computer indexing hadn't worked properly but declared it "now fixed."

* 245 Hillsborough primary votes go uncounted. St. Petersburg Times. September 18, 2004. 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