Voting Machine Mess-up

Beaver County, Pennsylvania. January, 2005. Unilect.
Undervote rate soars with the use of DREs.

The county reports that since they began using DREs 8 years ago their undervote count has increased to about 6 times what it was when they used paper ballots.*

There were 820 presidential undervotes in 1996. In 1998, they began using the Unilect Patriot. Undervotes increased to 5,313 in 2000 and 4,551 in 2004, in spite of the fact that the DRE warns voters when they have not voted for a particular contest.

[Dorene Mandity, director of Beaver County's elections bureau,] said the undervote for other races in the last election indicates widespread voter apathy. The undervote was 8,000 for the attorney general's race and nearly 13,000 for the state Senate's 47th District race in which state Sen. Gerald LaValle, D-47, Rochester Township, ran unopposed.

Such a high undervote rate in all contests suggests that entire ballots may have been lost.

* State to re-examine voting system. Times Online. January 31, 2005. By J.D. Prose, Times Staff.

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