Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 11/08/04)

Onslow County, North Carolina. November, 2004. ES&S.
Programming error causes errors in results.

The order in which losing candidates finished was altered by a programming error in a punch card system.

In Onslow County, a software error changed the order of finish in the race for seats on the county commission. The error didn't change who won the seats, just the order in which they finished.

A floppy disk that compiles voting data from the counting machines was programmed incorrectly, said Kim Strach, a deputy director with the state Board of Elections.

* Computer loses more than 4,000 early votes in Carteret. The Charlotte Observer. November 4, 2004. Associated Press.

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