Voting Machine Malfunction

Pulaski County, Arkansas. May 2006, ES&S.
Malfunctions and misprogramming cause election problems.

ES&S election software malfunctions, and ES&S programmed the ballots incorrectly.*

[County attorney Karla ] Burnette said the problems were two-fold, resulting from a malfunctioning opening and closing system of the electronic voting machines and mistakes in programming.

“The machines were programmed by precincts instead of polling sites. We have several precincts that go to the same polling site,” Burnette said. “The system did not know where to put those votes. The software couldn’t recognize those votes.”

Optical scan machines, referred to by election officials as “Eagles,” also malfunctioned because of malfunctioning Unity Software for the iVotronic electronic voting machines, supplied by ES&S.

A recount is required, and that, too, presents problems because of machine malfunctions.

The iVotronic paper tapes, that record the votes, will have to be unrolled and manually examined and counted.

“In some instances, a ballot will print over another, but we can reprint (the tape) to verify and make sure that each vote is counted correctly.

* County election woes blamed on company. Jacksonville Patriot. May 31, 2006. By TONI WALTHALL, Editor.

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