Voting Machine Mess-up

Hinds County, Mississippi. May, 2005. AVS WINVote.
Batteries failed within minutes after the election opened.

Machines plugged into a non-working outlet went down when their batteries failed as well.*

Things started smoothly at 7 a.m. at Jackson's Ward 1 Precinct 36 at McLeod Elementary, but a few minutes after voting started touch-screen machines started going down. Within minutes all four were down.

The problem, school officials said later, was a bank of electrical outlets needed to be turned on with a switch. The voting machines were operating on battery power, and the machines went down as the batteries ran down.

A similar problem occurred in a handful of other Jackson precincts, with power strips not being turned on, said Hinds County Elections Commissioner Marilyn Avery." It was not anything of any magnitude," she said.

VotersUnite! wonders what "paper report" would be legal for technicians to print before the election was closed.

Before they left, technicians checked the machines to ensure no votes had been lost due to electrical problems. They obtained a paper report from the machine just to be safe, [precinct manager Caroline] Sanders said.

* Pearl turnout reported low; problems mar voting in Jackson's Precinct 36. The Clarion-Ledger. May 3, 2005. By Cathy Hayden.

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