Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 10/25/04)

Fulton County, Georgia. July, 2004. Diebold.
Ballot secrecy of early voters is violated by touch screen machines.

A procedural error in advance voting revealed that Georgia citizens' Constitutional right to ballot secrecy is violated when they voting early on the touch screens.*

Craig Kidd cast a ballot ahead of the July 20 Republican primary during the five-day period for advance voting. A designated Republican poll watcher and campaign worker for a GOP state Senate candidate, Kidd showed up at his Buckhead polling place on Election Day to make sure his advance vote had been recorded. Kidd claims a poll worker told him there was no record of his vote and advised him to vote again to be sure his vote would be tallied.

Later in the day, Kidd contacted The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to tell a reporter he was alarmed that he was allowed to cast two ballots. Kidd said he was concerned that the ballots of some early voters would not be counted or that some people could vote twice.

... Fulton election officials have acknowledged that a breakdown in procedures allowed Kidd to vote twice. When a voter casts an early ballot, a notation of that vote should be made on a master voter registration list that is later sent to precincts prior to Election Day. Poll workers then will cross the advance voters off the list of people eligible to vote at their polling place.

... Fulton officials later disqualified Kidd's early vote, which has a unique identifying number allowing election officials to know who cast it.

* Officials urged to follow rules to prevent any double-voting. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. October 24, 2004. By Carlos Campos.

See: Diebold in the News

Elections by the people shall be by secret ballot
and shall be conducted in accordance with
procedures provided by law.
~ Constitution of Georgia
Article II. Section I. Paragraph 1.