Voting Machine Mess-up

Pike County, Arkansas. November, 2004. ES&S
A damaged optical scanning machine lost nearly 700 votes.*

"I'm so upset over this that I can't sleep," said Sandy Campbell, clerk of Pike County, Ark. ... "We had no idea this had happened. But I'll know what to look for in the future. We'll try never to let this happen again."

"We sent a technician to Pike County to check," said Meghan McCormick, spokeswoman for Omaha-based Election Systems and Software Inc., which manufactured Pike County's optical scan machine. "There was a scratch on Sensor 'A' that has already been repaired. The scratch probably occurred during the election, but we'll never be certain."

* Election study finds widespread ballot-counting problems. Scripps Howard News Service. December 20, 2004. By THOMAS HARGROVE.

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