Voting Machine Mess-up

Forrest County, Mississippi. May, 2005. ES&S optical scanner.
Infrared scanner "corrects" visible light scanner's misread.

The number of ballots counted by the optical scanner didn't match the number of votes reported by the computer.*

There were also some discrepancies in the Ward 4 Republican race between Andrew Ellard, Lloyd B. "Rink" Russell and Brian Lucas.

The problem?

ES&S, the Omaha, Neb.-based company that is leasing voting equipment to the city for the primary, runoff and general elections, sent the wrong type of counter to Hattiesburg.

The right type of counter - an infrared machine instead of a visible light machine - arrived Thursday night.

Note from VotersUnite: The industry is moving toward visible light scanners because they read the ballot marks more reliably than infrared scanners. This article leaves many unanswered questions.

* Problems delay final vote count. Hattiesburg May 7, 2005.

See: ES&S in the News

News stories make it rapidly apparent that
electronic voting is not reliable, accurate, or secure.
Any one who claims otherwise is either uninformed or deceptive.
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